Liberty High School threat investigation continues

July 9, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 11 a.m. July 9, 2010

After a death threat appeared on a restroom wall at Liberty High School on June 23, the Issaquah School District and King County Sheriff’s Office continue their investigation into who may be responsible.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

Liberty Principal Mike Deletis e-mailed members of the school community Thursday, following a newspaper article about the incident.

“Because we always take such messages seriously, we immediately contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office,” he wrote. “Police officials launched an investigation, and we are working closely with them as they determine the credibility of the threat and try to identify the person who left the message.”

So far, investigators do not have any leads in the case or a possible suspect, Sgt. John Urquhart, sheriff’s office spokesman, said Thursday afternoon.

However, they will continue to work with school officials to determine if the threat is credible and if it is, coordinate with school officials to determine appropriate actions to keep students safe when school is back in session.

School officials called police June 23 after a custodian discovered the message scrawled on a wall near a toilet stall in the boys’ restroom.

Since the school year ended June 17, school officials said that only faculty and school employees had been in the building regularly, but it was possible a student could have come to campus and gone unnoticed.

As part of the investigation, school officials went over security video from the school that day and in days preceding the discovery, but did not notice any strange activity.

“As we approach the new school year, we will continue to partner with the sheriff’s officers, and we will take their guidance to ensure that our students, staff and campus are safe,” Deletis wrote. “I will keep you informed during the process. Again, we are acting with an abundance of precaution.”

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