School Shooting Threat Made Online By Kamiakin StudentPosted: Updated:
Kennewick, Wash. - Monday night Kennewick Police were told about a threat of violence being made against Kamiakin High School by one of the schools student.
The threat was brought to our attention by the Safety Department at the online game "Rune Scape". The Safety Department had received an alert from one of the online gamers, a 12-year-old female from Eugene Oregon. She claimed that the 14-year-old Kamiakin student had made a comment to her that he was planning a school shooting at his school.
The Safety Department for "Rune Scape" was able to verify that the threat had been made online and was able to provide accurate contact information and addresses for both the witness and the suspect. "Rune Scape" is an online game with headquarters in Cambridge England with approximately 5 million paying subscribers around the world.
Kennewick Detectives were called in to investigate and made contact with the suspect at his home in Kennewick. He was subsequently arrested for Felony Harassment.
Kennewick School District Officials were notified last night of the incident. There is currently no evidence that the student had access to any weapons.
At this point there is no evidence that any threats occurred while the student was at school.
Chief Ken Hohenberg said "This is an important issue of safety that we take seriously. We called out Detectives last night to investigate this case. You cannot put a price tag on cost to keep our students safe."
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