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September 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Threat to Eastside high school traced to Sweden

Police patrol Skyline High School after learning about a school-shooting threat that was posted online. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The high school is closed today as authorities continue to search for the person who posted the threat. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 2:49 P.M.:King County Sheriff Steve Strachan  said that the FBI is assisting deputies in searching for the person who issued an online threat to open fire at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

The school was closed today while deputies investigated the threat posted last night on 4chan, an online bulletin board. Officials at 4chan told investigators that the threat traced back to a server in Sweden, Strachan said.

“Apparently that can be a proxy server used to cover up or keep someone from revealing their idenity,” Strachan said.

Investigators are looking into a similar threat issued against Meadowdale High School, in Lynnwood, in April.  Meadowdale was closed on April 13 after the Edmonds School District received information about an online threat.

“This is not a teenage prank. This is an extremely serious crime. After Columbine something like this is something we take extremely seriously,” Strachan said.

Skyline High School will reopen tomorrow.

ORIGINAL POST: Authorities continue to search this morning for the person who posted an online threat to open fire at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

The school is shut down after police and school officials learned of the threat yesterday.

The threat said, “I am going to open fire on the people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by our school’s police officer, or until I run out of mags.” A picture of the gun, which the writer described as his father’s Erma sub-machine gun, was posted next to the threat.

The threat, which was posted by an anonymous person on the web bulletin board, 4chan, said the primary shooting targets would be “jocks” and people who “use their wealth and social status to act superior to others.” The writer expected to die while carrying out the shooting.

Someone reposted the threat on Facebook and word spread fast, authorities said. The person who issued the threat has not been identified, said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jessica Sullivan. The threat has since been removed from the site.

Around 9 p.m. last night, 911 dispatchers received several calls locally, as well as from all over the country and Canada, about the threat, Sullivan said.

Sara Niegowski, spokeswoman for the Issaquah School District, said that school officials were contacted by Sammamish police, a contract police department run by the sheriff’s office, around 10 p.m. last night.

Niegowski said that with Skyline being a school of 2,000 students, 120 teachers and 100 staff news about the threat “spread fast.”

“Of course we started checking it out. We worked with the police to find out if they could verify the credibility of the threat,” Niegowski said.

After a long night and no confirmation one way or another about the safety of students, school officials decided to shut down the campus today as a precautionary measure.

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