POULSBO, Wash. - Poulsbo’s police chief said a threat to kill students at North Kitsap High School does not appear to be a prank, and that a 16-year-old being held has told investigators he had a list of fellow students he planned to target.
The student was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the school.
“His list was in his head,” police chief Allen Townsend said.
The teenager was arrested after a classmate told his father about the threat on Tuesday. The father, Greg Brownlow, said he then notified police. The teenager was arrested and police searched his home finding a handgun, shotgun and long rifle the boy could access.
Police do not believe any other students were involved.
Authorities searched the suspect's home finding a handgun, shotgun, and long rifle the boy could access. It appears the guns belonged to the boy's parents.No illegal weapons were found.
Townsend said under questioning by detectives the teenager claimed he planned to target “people he felt should not be around.” Townsend said it’s not clear if the boy was going to carry out the shootings.
Townsend said investigators believe the threat to kill fellow students could have been sparked by a recent school shooting in Marysville. He said the threat appears credible.
The school district sent out a telephone notification of the incident to parents and staff early Wednesday morning. A police presence was on campus Wednesday to reassure students and parents.