ABERDEEN, Wash. - the Aberdeen Police department would like any information from Facebook friends of someone that allegedly made a threat against Aberdeen High School recently.Administrators at the school contacted investigators around 3:30 Wednesday, regarding rumors of an alleged threat made at some point in the last day or two. Police Captain John Green said investigators talked with a couple students that may have seen it, but they were not sure what it said. Investigators are unable to confirm what the comment said or who saw it.
Green said based on what investigators had, they followed up on one named supplied that may have been associated with the posting. An Aberdeen detective, patrol officer and a Grays Harbor County deputy spent about 3 hours at the home of a Central Park resident who attends the high school yesterday. Green said the parents were cooperative with investigators and denied any involvement. "We're still trying to find someone that actually saw it, and can confirm that they saw it and what it said, and we have not been, at this point, successful in that.
Green said the investigation into the threat continues and investigators would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the comment on their facebook page sometime this week. Contact the tipline at 360-533-3180.
School Superintendant Tom Opstad said this morning "The administrators at AHS are following up on several rumors that have occurred on Facebook and/or have been reported to them by students and parents.Below is a letter I will send home with all students at AHS to share with their parents.
Captain Green said they will have a unfiformed presence at the high school for the next few days, this morning a couple detectives and a patrol officer were there. "At this point we have no credible threat made against the high school, or any other facility within the district, we are continuing the investigation, and would like to hear from anyone that saw the comment.
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Dear Aberdeen Students and Families,
Our high school administrators are working with the Aberdeen Police Department (APD) to follow up on rumors and reports of Facebook conversations that a student may bring a gun to Aberdeen High School on Thursday or Friday.
Students and parents have reported hearing conversations in the hallways or seeing postings on Facebook. While the administration and APD have not verified the rumors, they are taking all information seriously and following up with students, parents, and others who have shared information.
At this point the rumors are unsubstantiated. However, we are taking them seriously. We will continue to work with the APD in investigating any and all rumors or statements that come to our attention.
We have asked the APD to remain a visible presence at Aberdeen High School on Thursday and Friday. We are committed to keeping our schools safe and continue that work on a daily basis.
As always, we ask that parents assist by talking with your children about reporting any threat immediately to a teacher, school administrator or the APD. This helps address the rumors and the anxiety that comes with those rumors. We will continue to work with law enforcement to follow up and investigate all rumors affecting the safety and security of our students and staff.
Thank you for helping keep our schools and community a safe place for learning.
Dr. Thomas A. Opstad
Aberdeen School District