Montesano Police may have an extra officer on hand at the high school today after a student reported overhearing a possible threat to the school on Wednesday. The district sent out automated phone calls Wednesday night informing parents of the increased police presence.

Police Chief Brett Vance tells us the high school conducted a routine fire drill on Wednesday. One student reported that while walking down the stairs, they heard another student talking about shooting up the school, and heard the word “tomorrow.” The student waited until later in the day to mention the vague threats to another student, who recommended they report it to teachers. Vance said they reviewed video of where the comments may have been overheard, interviewed students, and did not locate a specific threat. He said he plans to be at the school this morning, as he is most mornings, greeting the students at the front door.

Vance said they couldn’t find a basis for the threats but they will, of course, take them seriously. He also noted that the student acted appropriately in reporting the incident.

September 25th is national “If You See Something, Say Something®” day designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, encouraging you to report suspicious activity as soon as possible, as “informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.”

Reporting Suspicious Activity

If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.