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Online threat circulating our area

The following message was emailed to Shorecrest and Shorewood families on November 7, 2018 regarding online threats that have been circulating in our area.

Dear Shorecrest and Shorewood families,

This evening, Shoreline Police were alerted to a threatening online post made through Snapchat, a social media messaging app. The post contained an image of a weapon and a reference toward Shorecrest High School. They immediately began an investigation and alerted school district officials. During the course of their investigation, they found that the same image was used in other posts with other area schools’ names referenced. Police have advised us that they do not believe the threats are credible and are similar to trends seen in other parts of the country recently. You can read an article here about one that originated in Florida and spread nationwide.

Police will have an increased presence at Shorecrest tomorrow out of an abundance of caution and to ease concerns from any students who may have heard about or seen the post. Because this seems to be part of a national trend and other variations of the post name other area schools, we also wanted to share this information with Shorewood families as well.

We appreciate the students who alerted authorities to the post they saw; that is exactly what they should do. If your child has seen or sees similar posts, they should contact school or police officials immediately so they can investigate to determine the credibility of the threat.

We understand that hearing about these types of situations can cause anxiety and concern, but please know that we always have the safety and security of your children as our highest priority. We appreciate the incredible support and professionalism of our law enforcement partners for all they do to keep our schools safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s principal or Shoreline Police Department.