Two junior high school students in Rathdrum were arrested Wednesday for threatening violence on school property.
The students, ages 13 and 14, each were found with a “hit list” of names, the Rathdrum Police Department said. Investigators concluded these were separate incidents and that no other students were involved.
The students were booked into the Kootenai County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The safety and security of the students and staff within the Lakeland School District is of the highest priority and all threats are taken seriously by the Rathdrum Police Department,” Interim police Chief Tomi McLean said in a news release.
Lakeland schools Superintendent Becky Meyer sent a note to parents Thursday to assure them the district is taking “every precaution” to keep students safe. The school resource officer from the Rathdrum police is on the middle school campus this week, Meyer said, and “all external doors are locked with a staff person at the front door.”
The school’s staff is “on alert to be aware and attuned to any and all concerns,” she said.
“We will have immediate follow-up to any concern. Students have been encouraged to talk to a trusted adult with any information they feel is concerning,” Meyer said. “We take all threats seriously and will respond according to district safety protocol.”
Police also have added extra officers to patrol the area around the school.
The first “hit list” was discovered Tuesday. The note listed “three generic first names and did not identify specific students,” Meyer said.
The school staff investigated the incident but did not notify police about the first “hit list” until late Wednesday morning. During the police investigation Wednesday, the second note was discovered and both students were arrested.
“We apologize for not sending parent notifications Tuesday night and have taken steps to rectify that error,” Meyer said in her note to parents. “As I am in my first year as superintendent, I will be reviewing all protocols and am taking steps to insure that timely communication occurs moving forward”/Scott Maben, SR.