FBI helping investigate threat that closed Skyline High School

By: Terra Sullivan


SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Skyline High School will be open on Friday after an online threat of a mass shooting on campus was traced to a server in Sweden, the King County sheriff said on Thursday.


A photo used in the threat, originally posted on 4chan.org, was taken from other websites and was not taken locally, Sheriff Steve Strachan said.


The FBI's Cyber Crimes Unit is helping investigators track down whoever posted the threat, and investigators are looking into whether there's any connection between this threat and a similar threat against Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood last spring, said Sgt. Jessica Sullivan of the Sammamish Police Department.


The threat against Skyline High School, noticed on Facebook, was from someone claiming to be student at the high school in Sammamish. The student said he would take a gun to school on Thursday and "open fire on the people in the commons" until he was "taken down by school police" or until he ran out of bullets.  A picture of a gun accompanied the post.


The threat did not originate on Facebook, but rather on 4chan.org, which does not have a registration requirement. It was later reposted on Facebook, Sullivan said.


Sullivan told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson that detectives have not identified a suspect but have received a number of leads.


The threat was mostly targeted at jocks and others the anonymous poster identified as "smug, pretentious and snooty."


The King County Sheriff's Office received calls from all over the U.S. and Canada from people who noticed the threat, said Cindi West, a sheriff's spokeswoman.


A notice was sent to students late Wednesday night by school officials, announcing that with "an abundance of caution," they had decided to close the school for Thursday.

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