School district: EWHS social media threat started with a posting in Oregon

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Edmonds police have determined that an implied threat circulating on social media among Edmonds-Wooodway High School students Wednesday actually originated at a high school in Oregon.

That’s according to an announcement sent by the school district Thursday morning, and confirmed by Edmonds police.

“The Edmonds Police Department has identified the student at Edmonds-Woodway who was the responsible for the social media post that implied a threat,” Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab said. “This original post named a high school in Oregon, not Edmonds-Woodway HS.”

According to Schwab, the Edmonds-Woodway student who received the photo changed the text on it from “time to have some fun at Southridge” to “time to have some fun at Woodway,” and then shared it with other students.

Edmonds police announced Wednesday that would have extra patrols at EWHS Thursday following the threat.

In an email sent to parents Wednesday, Edmonds-Woodway Principal Terrance Mims said a student reported the image to the EWHS administrative team around noon, after it had shown up in the student’s Snapchat social media platform.

In his email to parents Thursday morning, Schwab said he wanted to reassure parents “that there is no credible threat at Edmonds-Woodway High School. I do understand the concern that many students, staff and parents have about this incident and I very much appreciate all of the emails and other contacts we received alerting us to this potential threat.”

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