Student threat prompts school closure as precaution

Ocosta School District

OCOSTA, Wash. – Classes at the Ocosta School District were closed today after administrators learned that one student allegedly told another earlier this week that “he should wear a protective vest to school.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies were at the school this morning, but did not find a valid threat to students. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us the argument between the two 8th grade students apparently started Wednesday over a girlfriend. Shumate said better safe than sorry, and given the initial information, the Ocosta School Administration properly chose to cancel school today as a precautionary measure.

Shumate added “It appears that numerous 8th grade students became involved with this situation and eventually information had been received that one student told another student he should wear a protective vest to school. The mother of the student who supposedly made the threats became aware of the information and spoke to her son about the threats. He adamantly denied making any threats. The mother then contacted school officials and reported this prior to driving her son to the school to speak with school officials and investigating officers. That student has been cooperative throughout this investigation.

Deputies interviewed numerous students and are continuing to speak with them as of the time of this release. At this point in the investigation, it does not appear that there was a valid threat to any students.

Ocosta School District