A scary situation in Ellensburg this week after a high school student threatened to carry out an attack on a school, but thanks to some quick action by students and administrators, they avoided the worst.
ELLENSBURG, WA - A scary situation in Ellensburg this week after a high school student threatened to carry out an attack on a school, but thanks to some quick action by students and administrators, they avoided the worst.
It can happen anywhere. That's the mentality the Ellensburg School District used to avoid disaster.
"It's an issue that come across the nation," Ellensburg Superintendent Paul Farris said. "It not only affects the Ellensburg School District, but every school district in the United States."
It's an example of how communication is critical for schools. On Tuesday, an 18-year-old student threatened to kill students, staff and himself including possibly using a bomb. That's when the safety plan was initiated.
Students informed school staff of the problem. The school resource officer assigned from the police department immediately removed that student from the school. The student was then brought to the comprehensive mental health program for evaluation. And now he is expelled from the school and arrested.
"Compliment the administrators and the counselors and the Ellensburg Police Department," Farris said. "They did an incredible job. They acted very swiftly."
A parent picking up his daughter from school Friday was very pleased with how the school handled the situation.
"I totally agree with what they did," Mark Walker said. "In this day and age, you can't be too careful with all the nonsense you hear going around the county."
With the tragedies we have seen around the country, the Superintendent Farris hopes they can learn from the mistakes other schools have made.
"As a result we have taken measures in order to increase safety in the Ellensburg School District," Farris said.
And keep all students in Ellensburg safe from harm.
The 18-year-old student has been arrested by the Ellensburg Police Department for felony harassment and threats to bomb. He has posted $50,000 bail.