Police have responded to threats against a school
(MOUNT VERNON)- According to a press release from the Mount Vernon Police Department, an alarming Snapchat post circulated throughout the community on Tuesday evening. The post included a facial photo of a juvenile female wearing a hoodie, with overlaid text, threatening to shoot up a school. The threat was general in nature, and did not specify a particular school district or campus.
Several area students and parents became aware of the post, and notification was made to Mount Vernon School District administrators, who contacted the Mount Vernon Police Department. In response, the school district sent out a community-wide automated notification of the threat information to parents and families, via phone, text and email, while the police department planned to increase staffing around our local schools.
After receiving the automated message, the parents of a 16-year old female student at Mount Vernon High School notified the school district on Wednesday morning, identifying their daughter as one of the students involved in the post. Mount Vernon Police detectives and the West Hill Neighborhood Resource Officer, who works on the high school campus, contacted and interviewed the student. Based on information obtained, a second 15-year old female high school student was identified as an additional participant in the post. Both students have been arrested and are being booked into the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Threats to Bomb or Injure Property.
Additional investigation is underway, including witness interviews and search warrants on the girls’ cellphones; however, at this point we have no reason to believe the threat was credible.