The principal at the small Seattle high school where a student brought a Molotov cocktail to class Oct. 27 is back to work after about a week on administrative leave, Seattle Public Schools announced Thursday.
The principal, Oksana Britsova, was put on paid leave after the Center School incident because of questions about whether she followed school safety rules. The district said it found no issues with how Britsova handled the Molotov cocktail situation and an alleged earlier threat from the same student. She returned to work Thursday.
On the day of the incident, the school and the rest of the Seattle Center Armory, where the school is housed, were briefly evacuated while police checked for additional explosives. None were found.
The 15-year-old student who allegedly brought the cocktail was arrested and later pleaded not guilty to possession of an incendiary device. He also pleaded not guilty to felony harassment, a separate charge stemming from when he allegedly threatened to shoot two classmates with an assault rifle a week earlier.
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The students told Britsova about the threat, the charges say, but it is not clear whether the principal reported it to police. District spokeswoman Stacy Howard would not discuss details of the case.
The district said its review of the Center School incident prompted a review of safety protocols for principals at an already scheduled meeting Tuesday, the district said in a letter to Center School parents. Principals reviewed how to handle threats, follow security protocols and communicate in a crisis. No policy changes will be made as a result of the Center School incident, Howard said.