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December 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Issaquah school remains closed Thursday after letter threat found

UPDATE, Thursday, 5:50 a.m. | Pacific Cascade Middle School in the Issaquah School District will remain closed on Thursday after a a threatening letter was found on Wednesday.

From the district’s website: Investigations into the threat letter discovered at PCMS are continuing with law enforcement. As of this morning, no new information has come to light. Therefore, school will remain closed today. A determination on the status of school for Friday will depend on the progress of the investigation. We will communicate information as it becomes available. The District will consider possible make up days for PCMS, but have not made a decision on that at this point. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 911 or PCMS at 425-837-5900.

ORIGINAL POST, Wednesday | Pacific Cascade Middle School in the Issaquah School District has canceled classes Wednesday after a threatening letter was found on campus.

The typed letter was left outside a teacher’s classroom and threatened violence against four school staff members on Friday, according to the district. The note also contained unspecified threats of violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Friday and made reference to a firearm, the district said.

Since students were already en route to the school by bus when the note was discovered, school officials planned to meet the buses at the school, inform students of the situation and then send them back home, the district said.

Staff will also be at the school to meet students who walked to school or were dropped off, the district said.

“We are working closely with local law enforcement who are at the school now,” the district said on its website. “We will continue to have an increased police presence at PCMS while we, and law enforcement, investigate the threat.”

The district has not yet decided whether classes at the school will resume Thursday and Friday, district spokeswoman L. Michelle said. That decision, which will depend on what information arises Wednesday, will likely happen Thursday before 6 a.m. Parents will receive an automated phone call and a notice will be posted on the district’s website, Michelle said.

“We’re just hoping that maybe between now and then that we’ll be able to resolve the situation, (and) determine whether it’s a credible threat or not,” she said.

Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Issaquah School District, King County Sheriff's Office, school threat

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