A Missouri school district announced Tuesday that racist graffiti found in a high school bathroom was part of a “hate hoax” carried out by a non-white student.

The racist graffiti sparked a walkout by the students at Parkway Central High School in St. Louis County,  Missouri in September but the school district now says that the messages, which included a racial slur against black people and a statement wishing for the death of black people, were put there by a non-white student.

“Let us use this opportunity to continue to grow as a community to be more compassionate, peaceful and loving individuals with care for all,” Marty said.

Marty did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Similar hate hoaxes have unfolded across the country in recent years, including in 2017 when a racist note left on a student’s car turned out to be a hoax. 

In April, officials at Albion College in Michigan determined that graffiti with KKK references was written by a black student. 

Additionally, a similar incident happened in 2017 at Parkway Central High School when a non-white student confessed to writing the “N word” on a bathroom mirror.