Skyline to reopen Friday after shooting threat; Eastside Catholic to close for day

September 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012

Issaquah School District administrators plan to reopen Skyline High School on Friday, a day after officials closed the campus in response to a shooting threat.

Police plan to remain on campus throughout the day, and administrators said police and school employees intend to arrive early to secure the campus and prepare for students.

The school is also operating on a later Wednesday start time, so classes start at 9:55 a.m. and end at 2:16 p.m. The schedule includes all six periods.

Officials plan to make school staffers available starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Olympic Gym to answer parents’ and students’ questions. Teachers plan to speak to students in first-period classes about the incident.

District officials announced the schedule change and other precautions in a mass email to parents and school community members Thursday afternoon.

Eastside Catholic High School — a parochial school less than a mile north of Skyline along 228th Avenue — is closed Friday as a precautionary measure.

School officials fielded questions about the Skyline threat Thursday, and some students left school early.

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One Response to “Skyline to reopen Friday after shooting threat; Eastside Catholic to close for day”

  1. Joe Burton on September 21st, 2012 12:30 pm

    The threat articulated by this individual is horrible and when they are identified, they should be severly prosecuted. However, as a result of this event and real issues it represents, perhaps we should all take a step back and understand that when we allow “cliques” and “snobbery” to flourish, it encourages this type abberant behavior. Vulnerable people sometimes lash out with what they perceive as the only way to defend themselves and right the “perceived” wrong. In this case, thanks to the diligence of the schools and the authorities, what could have been a tragedy was avoided.

    Perhaps this is an opportunity to teach our children and for everyone to learn that we need to treat each other with kindness, respect, and fairness and try to avoid the feelings of resentment, anger, and being powerless that is felt when we treat someone with distain. There is no room, especially in the lives of our children, for not treating everyone with equal respect. After all, nobody is better than anyone else in this world….we are all equal. Lets take a moment and explain that to our children and reinforce that there is no place for discrimnation in our society, schools, businesses, or lives…regardless of what group the individuals hang with, clubs they belong to, or who they call their friends.

    Don’t be a snob, a jock, or an elite….be a friend…a neighbor….a classmate.

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