Social Media Threat Causes Increased Patrols at Yakima School
Yakima Police increased their presence at Eisenhower High School early Tuesday after learning of a threat to harm students posted on social media. Police Capt. Jay Seely says no problems were reported this morning but he says they'll keep an increased presence at the school all day.
The school also has a Yakima Police Department Resource Officer on site.
A statement was sent out from district offices earlier today
The Yakima School District issued a statement to parents earlier today.
The statement says;
"You may have noticed an increased safety presence on our campus today. A call to the Yakima Police Department on Monday night advised them of a photo floating around on social media that appeared to have a threat of violence. The photo does not appear to be taken at Eisenhower High School or any other school in the Yakima School District. The origin of the photo is unknown. POlice and the districts' Safety and Security Office have investigated the situation and found there to be no valid threat. Out of an abundance of caution an increased safety presence is on campus today.
Should you have any questions, please contact the office or the districts' Safety and Security Office."
Police say all threats are taken seriously even those on social media
Police take any and all threats seriously says Capt. Seely especially in light of the many school shootings that have happened around the country.
A March 15 shooting in the parking lot of Eisenhower High School resulted in the death of 16-year-old Shawn Tolbert. The shooter, 15-year-old suspect, Jessy James Lee Krikorian Jr. plead guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to five years in juvenile jail.