NASELLE — Two high School students were arrested on Wednesday after school leaders learned they had made “specific threats against staff members and law enforcement” on Tuesday, according to Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.
It was the second time in two weeks police were called to the campus for a safety threat. The school went into “lockdown” for about 90 minutes on Sept. 27, after two men who were fleeing from police crashed a truck in front of the school, then took off on foot.
“Because of this incident, staff and students have naturally been exhibiting a heightened level of awareness over what sorts of events and behaviors warrant a concern for safety,” Naselle Grays River Valley Superintendent Lisa Nelson said in a letter that went home to parents on Oct. 3. She did not describe the nature of the threats, saying only that some students made comments “that crossed the line of appropriateness.” Nelson could not be reached late on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Sheriff’s Office press release, investigation of the Oct. 2 incident continued into Oct. 3. While the investigation was underway, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers patrolled the campus as a safety precaution.
The two suspects, who have not been named because they are minors, were arrested off-campus in early afternoon and taken to the Junction City Juvenile Detention Facility in Grays Harbor County. The investigation is still open, and the youths have not yet been charged with any crimes.
In her letter, the superintendent said district staff take threats seriously.
“Naselle Grays River Valley School District is committed to the safety of our students and staff, and we will not tolerate behavior that threatens anyone,” Nelson said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates later in the week.