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Police presence increased at Ferris High School in response to threats

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

After extra Spokane police officers were stationed at Ferris High School on Monday morning in response to two threats posted on social media over the weekend, school will operate as usual Tuesday.

“We worked with SPD who has been leading the investigation,” said Brian Coddington, Spokane Public Schools spokesman. “There is no reason to believe that student and staff safety was at risk today.”

Ferris High School had 610 absences on Monday, far more than last Monday’s count of 344. The school’s enrollment is about 1,700.

School is scheduled to follow a normal schedule Tuesday with the regular resource officers on campus, Coddington said.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and if something changes we’ll adjust accordingly,” Coddington said.

While attendance is a family decision, the hope is that students return to school as normal, Coddington said.

The individuals who made the threats have been identified but police did not have probable cause to arrest anyone, said Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger.

Police are still investigating and will develop their plan for Tuesday as new information comes in, Preuninger said.

Parents received a call Sunday night alerting them of social media threats to the school and that administrators and police were investigating, Coddington said.

Monday morning another call went out to parents that police had worked through the night to make contact with the person who made the threats, Coddington said. The call also stated that police did not believe there was a threat to the school at the time, Coddington said.

Both Spokane Public Schools District security and Spokane police maintained a presence throughout Monday.

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