School is canceled today at Hoquiam Middle School after staff found a note scrawled on the door of a classroom making a threat against a specific teacher. There was a second threat left on a white board in the same classroom.
District Superintendent Mike Villarreal tells us school is only canceled at the middle school today to accommodate the investigation. He said the message threatened a staff member.
Other district buildings were placed into lockdown, but only as a precaution as there was no threat directed to other locations or persons. Out of caution and to give time for officials to investigate the threat, the school district decided to cancel all classes and activities at Hoquiam Middle School for the day.
Busses will be returning the middle school students that were already heading to the school.
Parents of students from Hoquiam Middle school contacted us this morning saying that a phone message from the school warned students, parents, and teachers to stay away from the school.
The Hoquiam Police Department is on scene and investigating the message. Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a press release this morning that detectives will be contacting a few students today as part of the investigation. Myers said detectives are currently working with the principal to review school security video of the building during the time when the threat may have been written.
Villarreal said that they are canceling school as a precaution, and to make room for the investigation.
Myers added, “All such threats are a serious matter and must be investigated. Unfortunately, many children lack the emotional maturity to recognize the gravity of such a threat as well as the serious impact and consequences.” He continued in his press release, “In the current reality of school shootings and violence, all students, parents and community members are encouraged to always report concerns or threats so they can be investigated.”