Graffiti threatens, social media posts shut down Bothell High School campus

The Bothell High School campus was closed on Thursday after threatening drawings were found in the school and anonymous threats surfaced on social media, the Guardian reported. Permit From Michelle Reed, Northshore School District Director.

School officials said Bothell Police are investigating and will increase their presence at the school on Thursday while students will learn remotely.

Police did not immediately provide an update Thursday on the status of the investigation.

In the statement, Reid said families received notification from the principal Wednesday night that graffiti threatening violence was discovered on campus Thursday. She said “more disturbing threats” were later issued on social media.

As with all safety issues, we take it very seriously. Law enforcement was contacted immediately, and we continue to investigate the threat in partnership with the Bothell Police Department and area safety and security personnel.

“In addition, we have worked with the Bothell Police Department to increase their presence on campus today, including a full-blown survey of the campus this evening based on further worrisome threats on social media.”

In the statement, Read addressed the person responsible for the graffiti directly, as well as those who may know who did it.

“If this letter is intended as a call for help, it is a threat to anyone, let alone the entire schoolchildren’s absence,” Reid wrote. “We have school counselors and staff on hand to provide support as required. The first step is to move forward.”

Read also encouraged parents and guardians to speak to their students and urged anyone with knowledge of the threats to speak to Bothell Police.

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