Update: Student arrested after White Center school gun report determined ‘hoax’

An update on this morning’s lockdown at local schools during a search for a possible gun on campus. King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Urquhart just sent word that it was determined to be a hoax, and a student was arrested:

A series of hoax calls to the Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 center about a gun seen in the school put Evergreen High School and the adjacent Cascade Middle School into lockdown mode this morning. The schools are at SW 116th St. and 8th Ave SW in White Center.

The first call came in at 9:33 AM. The voice on the phone said there was an AK-47 in a locker at the school, and “We need help quickly”. A total of five calls with variations on that theme came in.

The school was placed in lockdown and about 20 deputies and detectives arrived to block off access and search both schools. A K-9 dog that can sniff-out weapons was brought in to check lockers. Nothing was found.

The lockdown was lifted about 10:30 AM.

Detectives were able to track the cell phone to a student in the school. He was called out of his class and arrested. His cell phone was seized. The student is 15 years old.

The boy was booked into the Youth Center on a threats charge.

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5 Responses to “Update: Student arrested after White Center school gun report determined ‘hoax’”

  1. Why don’t citizens call the County Council and find out why they are cutting the Deputy in Evergreen and other schools? Calls like this are serious and our kids deserve to have cops in the schools!

  2. Thats why I send my kid to JFK….. Loser parents make LOSER kids

  3. I remember a day when we didn’t need police and bars at Evergreen HS. What a shame.

  4. Great idea Steve. King County Council will say the Police guild is to blame. The police guild did present an open letter to the public regarding KCC’s decision and it is on the front page of their web site. Very interesting reading.
    Here is the link.
    KCC is responsible for putting the safety of the public at risk in harms way,defying their number one duty as elected officials.
    gravel pits, walk on ferries…. human life

  5. There is another option: online schooling. Insight School of Washington is a fully accredited WA state PUBLIC high school. Our daughter graduated from Insight School of WA this June. She completed 4 years of high school in 3 years because she took classes year round. She repeatedly told us how grateful she was that we allowed her to attend Insight School of WA instead of a brick and mortar public high school. It’s not for everyone, but it is a viable option (and a glimpse at the future.)