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January 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Moses Lake school threat leads to expulsion of third-grader

Columbia Basin Herald (TNS)

MOSES LAKE – An incident at North Elementary School Wednesday led to the expulsion of a third-grader and prompted a parent to complain at the Moses Lake School Board meeting Thursday.

The child allegedly made a verbal threat against classmates, said district superintendent Michelle Price in a later interview, saying he would bring multiple weapons to school and shoot his classmates. Because of the nature of the threat, the child was sent home under emergency expulsion rules, Price said.

North principal Doug Luiten said in a note to parents the child was suspended, Price said, but the district policy mandates emergency expulsion in some circumstances.

Victoria Lugo has a daughter in the class, she said, and during Thursday night’s board meeting she criticized the response, which she characterized as inadequate. She also criticized the way Luiten informed the students, saying it frightened them unnecessarily.

Price said there is a policy for incidents where threats are made, and that Luiten followed the policy. School officials ascertained the child didn’t have access to weapons and informed the police, Price said.

The district’s policy on threats is different for different grade levels and also depends on the nature of the offense, she said.

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