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UPDATE: Redmond high closed Friday due to threat on bathroom wall, police increase presence at other schools
Becky Range, public information officer for the Redmond Police Department, said Friday morning that police are still investigating this incident and they do not have any new details to share just yet.
"There were no other threats at other schools, but, to assist with parent concerns and to be overly cautious, we adjusted patrols to be in and near schools this morning," she said. "In fact, our officers at (Horace Mann Elementary School) this morning had the chance to talk with several parents and answered some questions. As the next few days go on, we’ll know more about the need for coverage next week."
Range also acknowledged that many people have requested for photos of the threat.
"At this time, we are not officially releasing a photo, as it may impact the information-gathering that we are doing right now," she said.
In addition, Hartman Pool will also be closed today due to its proximity to Redmond High School.
Redmond High School (RHS) staff contacted Redmond Police Department (RPD) at 11 a.m. on Thursday and reported a threat written on a bathroom wall at the school, according to RPD public information officer Becky Range.
The message referred to something possibly happening on Friday. RPD is investigating the incident.
“Officers have been coordinating closely with Lake Washington School District (LWSD) staff to investigate this incident. We are also in communication with Kirkland Police Department (KPD), who are investigating a similar incident that occurred yesterday at Juanita High School (JHS),” Range said.
RHS and JHS will be closed on Friday due to the threats, according to a LWSD press release. Futures School, located at JHS, will also be closed. The threats were specific to these schools: there were no threats to other schools in the district and all other schools will be open.
Anyone who has information that may help with the investigation can call RPD at (425) 556-2500.
“The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance. Out of an abundance of caution, since we cannot yet determine the credibility of these threats, we have made the difficult decision to close Juanita High School and Redmond High School on Friday, February 5,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent.
On Tuesday, a nonspecific threat to JHS was discovered in one of the girls bathrooms referring to Friday. Since that time, district and school administration have been working closely with the KPD to investigate the credibility of this threat.
Students and staff at both schools will make up the missed school day and an additional day will be added to the school year.
All activities and building use have been cancelled at both schools for Friday. The scheduled KingCo wrestling tournaments scheduled for JHS will be rescheduled and relocated. The scheduled diving meet has been moved to the Bellevue Aquatic Center.
Vanisha Nori-Cook, who initially alerted the Reporter about the RHS threat, said: “Some of our children attend Redmond Middle School (6th-8th graders). Several of these students are unnerved by this untoward event. My children's stepsister attends RHS. She is like a daughter to me. It is not easy on my nerves. I may keep both my children home tomorrow. I am not sure.”