Update: MTHS lockdown lifted, was related to new threat of violence against the school

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    Parents in vehicles lined up outside Mountlake Terrace High School to pick up students Thursday. (Photo by Natalie Covate)

    Updated at 4:10 p.m.

    According to school officials, investigators with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department have determined Thursday’s threat of violence to Mountlake Terrace High School was a hoax.

    The following letter was emailed to parents just before 1 p.m.:

    To the Mountlake Terrace High School community:
    Mountlake Terrace High School is ending our modified lockdown. The Mountlake Terrace police has determine the threat was a hoax. We have resumed normal school operations. All after school activities are on as scheduled. 
    You will be receiving a follow-up letter with more details regarding today’s events.
    Always feel free to contact me or the school with your thoughts and concerns.
    Sincerely,
    Greg Schellenberg

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    Updated at 12:13 p.m.

    Edmond School District officials said  that a threat of violence reported at the school Thursday morning was new graffiti that wasn’t related to a threat written in graffiti that was found in a school bathroom on Wednesday.

    The school was placed into lockdown Thursday morning after the latest threat was reported, and that lockdown was lifted around 11:30 a.m. The school will be in modified lockdown for the rest of the day, said school district spokeswoman Kimberlee Armstrong.

    Mountlake Terrace police officers were already on campus Thursday morning as a followup to Wednesday’s report, Police believe that the campus is safe but parents are allowed to come pick up their students, Armstrong said. MLTnews saw a number of parents at school picking up their children after the lockdown was lifted.

    The district is awaiting further instructions from police regarding school classes and other activities on Friday, Armstrong said.

    The following letter was emailed to MTHS families just before noon Thursday:

    Dear Mountlake Terrace High families & staff –

    Because of continuing issues with graffiti threats, Mountlake Terrace High is operating under an abundance of caution and went under modified lockdown at 10 a.m. and remains on modified lockdown at this time.  No one will be allowed into the building, but students and families can make the decision individually as to whether they stay on campus or leave.

    Based on the recommendation of the Mountlake Terrace Police Department we believe the campus is secure, and they are continuing their investigation.  We are continuing to do everything we can to make sure the students and staff remain safe.

    Sincerely,

    Greg Schellenberg
    Principal
    Mountlake Terrace High School

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    Mountlake Terrace High School went into lockdown on Thursday morning after a possible threat of violence against the school, according to tweets by the school’s newspaper, The Hawkeye.

    The school’s administration and Mountlake Terrace police are at the school addressing the situation.

    Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to tell school administrators or police.

    Further details were not immediately available Thursday morning. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

    2 COMMENTS

    1. This needs to STOP! How many incidents have to occur before something really happens? How many warnings can possibly be given? I’ve had it with this. My children have a RIGHT TO BE SAFE AT SCHOOL! I don’t understand why (some kids) think that the way to resolve their problems is with a gun? When I was in school, the worst thing you had to worry about, if you had an issue with another student, was a fight after school. Now…it’s turned to insanity and it’s only getting worse!

      Our schools need to take immediate action; instal metal detectors at all entrances and limit access to the school during school hours. Even if they have to install a scanner, where kids scan their school ID to gain entrance to the school, allowing administrators a look at who, exactly, is coming and going and when at all times.

      I am sick and tired of seeing our innocent kids put through this. Seeing them in fear, crying, calling home to parents; fearful that they will never talk to them again. This is not the way our kids should be growing up. High school should be a place of learning, of learning social structure, of growth…not a place of violence.

      Edmonds School District, you need to get proactive NOW! You ask for money to build new schools, to remodel current ones. So, I ask, why not ask for money to secure our children’s safety? Why not instal these security measures into the schools you’re building now? If I have to continually watch my property taxes increase to pay for a better learning environment for my children, I WANT IT SAFE! Now, not later. Not after a tragedy. Not after we are another in a long list that makes the national news. Not after funerals. Not after our kids need major counseling because their classmate was shot in front of them, leaving them to carry that image and experience with them for a lifetime. Not after lawsuits are filed left and right because you had all the warnings, yet did little. NOW!

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