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School continues as usual after source of Ferris High threat identified

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Classes were in session Tuesday at Ferris High School despite a social media threat that prompted a reassuring message to parents the previous night from Principal Ken Schutz.

Investigators have “identified the source of the threat and determined that Ferris would be safe for students and staff,” Spokane Public Schools said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

There was an increased police and campus resource officer presence Tuesday, but Schutz said “It’s been a normal day.”

The threat was made over the weekend via social media, leading to an investigation by the Spokane Police Department and the commitment of resources through the weekend.

Schutz emphasized that the district and law enforcement take all threats seriously.

“It is frustrating to be once again investigating this type of threat, but it is important that you know that law enforcement and SPS worked quickly to investigate and determine the source and determine that Ferris is safe for students and staff,” Schutz said in the message.

The incident comes a few days after East Valley High School closed for a day in the wake of threatening messages left in a restroom.

In that incident, school and law enforcement officials felt they had narrowed down the list of suspects. Administrators and law enforcement believe they have narrowed down who might have written the message.

“Though I am not convinced this is a credible threat, I am not comfortable having students attend school,” Superintendent Kelly Shea said in a statement.

But administrators could not confirm who wrote it and canceled class as a precaution due to the specific threat of violence.

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