Shooting temporarily shuts down Maple Hills Elementary School camp

October 8, 2010

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Oct. 8, 2010

Maple Hills Elementary School’s fifth-grade students stayed indoors Friday morning at the request of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The fifth-graders were staying at Camp Coleman in Longbranch, located south of Bremerton, Thursday and Friday for the annual fifth-grade outdoor science camp.

A shooting happened about five miles away from the camp the Thursday evening. The suspects fled in the opposite direction of the camp, but, “it’s good they were made aware of it and paid attention to it,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer said.

As a precaution, the sheriff’s office asked the camp director to move all activities indoors while authorities assessed the situation. Before noon, campers were allowed to resume their normal, outdoor activities.

“We were in contact with the camp and we told them this morning that we cleared the area and they were fine,” Troyer said.

Issaquah School District administrators sent an e-mail about the incident to parents Friday.

“While we are confident that the campers were safe throughout their stay, we wanted to alert you to the disruption,” district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski wrote in the e-mail.

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