Kelso educators have removed a student from Huntington Middle School for allegedly making a threat against the school on social media last weekend, and a student was also removed from Toutle Lake High School last week for having a “death notebook.”
In a letter sent to parents, Huntington Principal Laura Hiatt said the Kelso student talked about bringing a gun to school. The district did not elaborate further on the nature of the threat.
The student has been suspended and will remain out of school as the investigation continues, the letter said.
Hiatt said the post was brought to the school’s attention because someone “saw something, said something,” which is a focus of the district’s threat prevention techniques.
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“We have many procedures and policies in place to maintain a safe environment for all students,” Hiatt wrote in the letter. “We practice safety procedures regularly, and we are very pleased with our ability to handle this particular situation so swiftly.”
In Toutle Lake, officials reported that a parent called the district the afternoon of Oct. 15 with a “heads up” that a high school student had a “death notebook.”
In an email to parents, Superintendent Bob Garrett said the district determined that the notebook did exist. The student was sent home and the district then contacted the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
“The district is of the opinion that any threat has been removed, and we are able to keep our schools open with student safety continuing to be of primary concern,” Garrett wrote. Further information about the student’s status was unavailable Thursday.