Stanwood schools website hacked, homophobic slur posted

STANWOOD — On Thursday evening, someone posted an inappropriate message on the Stanwood Camano School District website.

“The message was not a district statement and was placed there by someone who hacked into our site,” district officials said in a written statement.

The post contained a homophobic slur and comments about the American flag.

The hacked account gave the person access to post messages online but did not compromise other areas of the website, according to the district. The message was removed from the site after community members alerted district staff, about 45 minutes after it had been posted, said Dan Johnston, director of assessment and technology. The site has been temporarily shut down.

The district’s technology department is working to strengthen online security and hopes to have the site back up by Monday, he said.

“We have contacted the police and they are working with our technology department to investigate the matter,” Johnston said.

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