Police are investigating to determine the credibility of the written messages. All other schools in the Lake Washington School District remain open for the day.
Lake Washington School District has suspended all Friday classes at Juanita and Redmond high schools after school administrators discovered threatening messages in bathrooms at both schools.
Law enforcement is investigating to determine the credibility of the threats. The district sent a letter to students’ parents Thursday afternoon announcing the cancellations.
“The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance,” district Superintendent Traci Pierce said in the letter. “Out of an abundance of caution, since we cannot yet determine the credibility of these threats, we have made the difficult decision to close … ”
Futures School, which is located at Juanita High School, is also closed.
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District officials in the letter said they believe the threats at both schools are specific to those campuses and no other schools are affected. All other schools remain open Friday.
Juanita High school administrators learned of the message written on a dispenser in a girls’ bathroom on Tuesday, which read, “Don’t come to school on 2/5 if you like your life. I’m sorry F.” School leaders at Redmond High found a separate threatening message on a bathroom wall Thursday. The content of that message is unclear.
Kirkland and Redmond police are investigating the messages. Kathryn Reith, a district spokeswoman, said officers from both departments are staying in touch with the district, though it’s unclear if the two messages are linked.
Juanita and Redmond high students and staff members will make up the missed day with one added to the school year, according to the letter.
In addition to classes, all activities are canceled at both the schools.
Redmond police ask anyone with information on the case to call 425-556-2500. Kirkland police ask people to call 425-587-3402.