Police arrest Sammamish man for Issaquah High School shooter hoax

January 10, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a student Wednesday for falsely reporting a shooter on the Issaquah High School campus, prompting a swift police response and lockdowns at Issaquah High and other nearby schools.

Investigators said the 18-year-old Sammamish man, a student at Issaquah High, reported seeing a man with a gun in the school’s upper parking lot at about 10:05 a.m. Police rushed to the scene to investigate and provide security at Issaquah High and nearby campuses.

Meanwhile, school administrators placed the school and Tiger Mountain Community High, Issaquah Middle and Clark Elementary Schools on lockdown.

The lockdown lasted for about 45 minutes as police investigated the report.

In a the lockdown at Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High, students remained inside classrooms with the doors locked. The modified lockdown at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle meant students had to stay inside school buildings.

Upon further questioning, the student admitted to making up the report and all schools resumed normal activities.

Police arrested the man for false reporting and booked him at the Issaquah Police Department.

The case remains under investigation. People with information about the case should contact Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash at 837-3227.

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6 Responses to “Police arrest Sammamish man for Issaquah High School shooter hoax”

  1. Bob Oppie on January 10th, 2013 10:57 am

    I’d like to see some followup reporting on this matter. I would like to see this young man put through the entire gamut ie psychological tests et al. Just imagine what he put everyone through. Your reporting should take a look at what has happened in other cases such as this. This is an opportunity to address this whole issue and inform the public instead of treating it as a “one day headline”.

  2. Jason G on January 10th, 2013 1:16 pm

    I wonder if inciting terror in children by prompting a lockdown could be qualified as a terrorist act?

  3. David Baty on January 10th, 2013 3:07 pm

    I suggest this is more likely an opportunity for redemption, not retribution. I don’t know the kid, but I know that 18 is still a kid to me, so I’m not quick to want to make judgments about his very essence and intent. If you need a reminder of what that looks like, I suggest seeing the movie Les Misérables for a great example of what forgiveness and redemption look like and to remember that they are the nobler of qualities a person can have.

  4. M. Wilson on January 10th, 2013 4:28 pm

    It is time to nip things like this in the butt. If you don’t address things like this early, others get the idea to try. Think about the victim’s in this matter, the children. Especially after Sandy Hook and Columbine. It hasn’t ended yet and we need to stop the idea from spreading. Police resources can go to better things than chasing down hoaxes.

  5. Steve on January 10th, 2013 4:29 pm

    @David Baty: Wow. My neighbor’s house was robbed. What movie should he see?

  6. David Baty on January 10th, 2013 7:20 pm

    I agree with M. Wilson. Have the Principal or someone warn the parents and (older) kids about not even think about pulling a prank around certain areas like guns or suffer more severe consequences like arrest.

    Steve, he can see the same one! That’s what makes it a classic. But that situation is different.

    This boy made a bad mistake, but he is not the first and won’t be the last kid to show poor judgment which he is already paying for with his arrest. School pranks and poor judgment are nothing new. Even Mitt Romney admitted to showing poor judgment in leading the bullying a kid in his high school. Should Mitt have been subjected to psychological tests or arrested for assault? Imagine if he had been arrested, would have it closed some doors and prevented him for the achievements he made?

    I just came back from a visit in to my Aunt’s small town in Arizona that went from one prison when I was a kid to ten prisons now. Wow. My Aunt retired from the school district there and they have a no gun tolerance policy. Sure enough, a kid brought in a toy gun, twice(!) after being told not to bring it back in. A long suspension resulted, not an arrest. What was the kid thinking, but kids just do stupid stuff like that sometimes. The rules about when young drivers can drive are a lot stricter than they used to be because we know their judgment is not fully developed. We didn’t imprison our kids, but got smarter about prevention.

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