Published on Thu, Mar 25, 2010
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An evening custodian at Marysville-Pilchuck High School discovered a note on campus March 23 that threatened the safety of the students and staff at M-P. After a thorough investigation by Marysville police, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, and the school's administration and security teams, it was determined the campus would remain open on normal schedule for the remainder of the week.
Administrators met with all staff to notify them about the threat and to implement next steps to assure safety for all students and staff.
In a written notice, Marysville school district spokesperson Jodi Runyon said, "The safety of students and staff come first and precautions have been put in place to reduce the chance that any harm would come to the school or its population."
Any statement, written or otherwise, that includes a threat or act of violence is taken very seriously and offenders will be disciplined both at the school level and according to law.
Law enforcement and administrative staff will use all necessary measures to ensure the safety of all persons on the campus. District leaders are asking for the help of parents and the community to report any suspicious or unusual behavior.
"Our staff are trained and prepared to handle emergencies such as this," Runyon continued. "Safety continues to be our primary concern for our students and staff. Law enforcement and district security will work with our administrative staff to continue to investigate the threat."
If you have any information regarding this incident, contact local law enforcement (911); or call the Safe School Tipline (1-866-LIVE-TIP) / (1-866-548-3847), press extension #164. Calls are toll-free and anonymous.
Letters were being sent home with students Thursday, providing parents and guardians with information. News release are posted on the district Web site, www.msvl.k12.wa.us.