UPDATED: Arrest made after school threat to Walla Walla High School

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    WALLA WALLA Wash. - [UPDATE 11:05 a.m.] Local officials have informed the district that there is no longer any threat to students and staff after this mornings threat.

    After-school activities will continue to take place today, including sports travel, events, and practices.

    In addition, school will resume tomorrow for students and staff at Walla Walla High School.


    WALLA WALLA, Wash. [UPDATED 8:13 a.m.]-- A 17- year-old student has been arrested for harassment in connection to threats made at Walla Walla high school, according to the Sheriff's Department.

    According to the Undersheriff with the Walla Walla Sheriff's Department, Joe Klundt, a student received a phone call Monday night but missed the call and a voicemail was left, that message was received at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

    Upon the threat being reported, authorities traced the voicemail back to a residence in Dayton, Washington, deeming the threat credible and school was cancelled.

    The student who made the threat arrived to Wa-Hi on public transportation coming into town from Dayton.

    Upon questioning the student who made the phone call, the 17- year-old student was arrested and charged with harassment, he will be transferred to the juvenile detention center.

    The investigation is ongoing.


    [UPDATED 7:47] A school threat was brought to the attention of Walla Walla School District officials after a parent called in to inform the district that their child had received a call from a different student about a threat to the campus.

    Communications Director, Mark Higgins, said in a matter of 30 minutes of learning about the threat and talking with authorities, superintendent, Wade Smith, made the decision to cancel class.

    At the time of publication school officials have not decided to cancel after school activities, a decision will be later in the day pending an investigation.

    Higgins says that the district has focused on a "school safety campaign," throughout the year to spread the idea of, "if you see something, say something," and feels this is a great example of a student informing a parent and the parent taking action to keep others safe.


    School at Walla Walla High School has been canceled Tuesday morning after a threat to the campus.

    The district reports that local authorities are looking into the alleged threat at this time.

    All other schools within the district will operate as normal.

    Additional information will be released once it is available.

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