The Latest: Berkeley High students walk out over racist post

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The latest on the student walkout at Berkeley High School (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Hundreds of Berkeley High School students walked out of class Thursday in protest of a racist message left on a computer screen a day earlier.

The message referred to the KKK, using derogatory language related to African Americans and threatening a "public lynching" on Dec. 9.

The message was discovered Wednesday afternoon. Principal Sam Pasarow said in an email to the school community late Wednesday that the school is giving the investigation the "utmost attention," and it has filed a report with Berkeley Police Department.

District officials say the message appeared to be a modified screen shot of the school's library web page that was left on one computer in the library. It did not appear that the system had been hacked and the website altered. Police estimated 700 students walked out of classes.

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