The 16-year-old former student arrested in connection with the online death threat that prompted the closure last month of Skyline High School may also be responsible for a similar threat against a high school in Lynnwood, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The teen was arrested this morning at his home in Edmonds, Sheriff’s Office and Sammamish police officials announced during a news conference this afternoon at Sammamish City Hall.
The online threat of a shooting at Skyline High prompted officials to close the school on Sept. 20. According to screenshot pictures circulated on Twitter and Facebook, the threat purportedly made by a Skyline student 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.” The post included a photo of an automatic weapon.
Neighboring Eastside Catholic High School canceled classes on Sept. 21 because of the threat.
During a search of the suspect’s home last Tuesday, detectives seized three computers and two cell phones. The Sheriff’s Office says a forensic search of one of the computers has linked the teen to the Skyline threat.
Skyline Principal Lisa Hechtman said that she doesn’t know of any reports the teen was bullied when he was a student at the school from September 2010 to November 2011.
The teen may also be responsible for a similar threat last spring at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, authorities said. The Edmonds School District canceled classes at the school April 13 as a result of that threat.
Shannon Sessions, public information officer for the Lynnwood Police Department, said detectives in that city have been in contact with Sammamish police on the case.
The teen is enrolled at Edmonds-Woodway High School, said DJ Jakala, spokeswoman for the Edmonds School District.
Detectives have found no evidence that anyone else was involved in the threats, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Tips from the Skyline students led investigators to the suspect.