Parents say Walla Walla school threat handled well by district
WALLA WALLA, Wash. —
Early Tuesday morning Walla Walla school district administrators made the decision to cancel school at Wa-Hi after a threat.
“It's a severe crime unfortunately in today's world but we are not going to take these lightly,” said Joe Klundt, Undersheriff for Walla Walla County.
Most students were already on buses when the district made the decision to cancel school.
“I got a text from my son saying something happened at school he was on the bus and the bus was turning around and doing a reverse route to drop the kids off,” said parent Corey Howard.
Authorities say a student sent a threatening voice message to another student.
“All school year we've really been stressing the importance through our safety awareness campaign that if you hear something or you see something, you say something,” said communications director for Walla Walla school district Mark Higgins. “That's exactly what happened.”
The student that received the message told their parents. They notified school staff.
“We had probably about 30 minutes to make a quick decision and then start communicating with everyone,” Higgins said.
They turned the buses around and canceled all classes for the day.
“That made me feel really good, really safe as a parent because you hear about all the things that go on around the schools,” said Howard.
The 17-year-old student who officials say sent the threat was on a bus to school. That bus drove to Wa-Hi and was met by sheriff's deputies.
“Any threat of this magnitude will not be dealt with lightly. We will prosecute with the fullest extent of the law,” said Undersheriff Klundt.
The student was arrested for harassment.
Sheriff’s deputies cleared the school and say they found a safe environment.
After school activities happened Tuesday night and school is set to happen Wednesday.