Police: Students expelled for making fake threats at Park Middle School bathroom
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Two Park Middle School students are expelled after police say they admitted to writing notes involving school threats.
According to reports, the Kennewick Police Department (KPD) responded to a school shooting threat that was to occur March 20.
Police said the threat had been found written on a bathroom stall and was reported to staff at the middle school.
KPD officers and officials with the Kennewick School District worked together to identify the students involved, but were unable to identify possible suspect information.
Students found five more notes written in a school bathroom on the morning of March 15, and reported them to staff.
Investigators said notes from both incidents referenced an upcoming shooting.
Staff members reviewed video and identified two students as suspects in writing the notes.
The girls, ages 11 and 12, told police they wrote and placed the notes because they thought it would be funny.
They indicated to police that they had no intention of carrying out a school shooting at the school. They said they had no knowledge of a future school shooting, according to reports.
Police said school leaders placed the two students on emergency expulsion.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will review the report for charges in this case.
Police are urging parents to speak with their children regarding the consequences in making threats and how these actions can impact the community.