• Threat on Snapchat closes 5 schools in Snohomish County


    Lakewood School District in Snohomish County put all five of its schools in lockdown and canceled class Wednesday.

    Leaders tell KIRO 7 News that a student received a message on Snapchat with a threatening nature. 

    According to a statement released on the district's website, the message said “stay home" because someone was "going to shoot up the middle school.”

    The student called Lakewood Middle School about the message. 

    In response, school has been canceled at Lakewood High, Lakewood Middle, Lakewood Elementary, Cougar Creek Elementary, and English Crossing Elementary.

    The district says this lockdown is a precaution and at this time no students or staff are in immediate danger.

    Read the district's full statement below: 

    This morning, we put the Lakewood School District in lockdown as a precautionary measure due to a threat that a LMS student received to “stay home because someone was going to shoot up the middle school.” In response to this threat, we are cancelling school today October 12, 2016. Law enforcement is on site and looking into this threat. We have sent a message to all of our bus drivers to return students home, and will be going to the bus routes that were not picked up yet to tell students to return home.
    If you transport your students to school, please keep them home today. If your students are already at school, please know that they are with staff in a safe location. Once law enforcement tells us it is safe to do so, we will be contacting the families of all students on campus to inform you of the best time and location to pick up your students.
    Again, this lockdown is a precaution and at this time no students or staff are in immediate danger. We will keep you informed as we learn more information.
    Snohomish County deputies are currently in the process of obtaining a search warrant to identify where the threat originated and will be on-site throughout the day.

    District officials said classes will resume on a regular schedule Thursday. 

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