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October 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Edmonds teen charged with harassment for Skyline High threat

A 16-year-old Edmonds boy was charged today with felony harassment for allegedly posting an online threat last month to shoot up his former school, Skyline High School, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The boy, who has been released to home detention, is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in King County Juvenile Court.

The teen was arrested Tuesday at his Edmonds home for allegedly posting the threat, which prompted the closure of Skyline on Sept. 20. The boy, who attended the school between September 2010 and November 2011, is also suspected of posting a similar cyber threat in April against students at Meadowdale High School  in Lynnwood.

The anonymous threat against Skyline appeared on 4chan.org, an Internet bulletin board, and was later reposted on Facebook. On the night of Sept. 19, King County 911 dispatchers received more than 270 phone calls from across the country alerting authorities to the Internet posting.

The poster wrote, “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 poster said the primary shooting targets would be “jocks” and people who “use their wealth and social status to act superior to others.”

The teen has been emergency expelled from his current school, Edmonds-Woodway High School.

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