A pair of threats at two Spokane Valley high schools raised concerns last Friday.
Spokane Valley school resource deputies investigated last week a threat written on a bathroom wall at Central Valley High School.
The discovery of the threat immediately prompted school officials to place the high school on lockdown and a short while later dismiss classes for the day as a precaution to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Last Friday at approximately 8:15 a.m., Central Valley High School administrators placed the school on lockdown after a threatening message was discovered on a bathroom wall, said Cpl. Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
Spokane Valley Police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office school resource deputies, assisted by patrol deputies and Liberty Lake Police officers responded to assist.
With the safety and security of students and staff the priority, Central Valley School District officials decided to cancel classes for the day while an investigation was conducted.
Deputies continue to investigate this incident.
“Parents, please talk to your school-age children about the seriousness of making threats like this, regardless of the reason. These actions do nothing but spread fear in our schools, effecting not only students, school staff, and parents but our entire community,” said Gregory. “People who commit crimes like this or spread threats and fear in our community over the internet will be held accountable, including arrest for possible felony criminal charges.
“Remember, if you see something, say something,” he added. “Students, parents and school staff should report threats or similar behavior to law enforcement and school administrators immediately. We all have the same goal of providing a safe and positive learning environment at our schools. We all must work together to identify potential threats and suspects who commit these crimes or sow fear in our schools.”
Deputies are also investigating a potential threat written on a bathroom wall at East Valley High School on Friday.
Officials sent out information regarding this incident to high school parents, students and staff, Gregory said.
Around 11 a.m., East Valley High School administrators EV rescource deputy were made aware of a message left on a ballroom wall, which was threatening in nature.
The investigation into the validity of this potential threat and who is responsible for writing it continues.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference No. 10165745.
East Valley School District Officials sent out information regarding this incident to high school parents, students and staff.