Despite reported threat, class to continue Monday at East Valley High School

Exterior of East Valley High School
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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The superintendent of the East Valley School District said East Valley High School will have school on Monday despite reports of a threat before winter break.

In an email that went out to EVHS families, Superintendent Kelly Shea said a message was written in the boys’ restroom before school was dismissed for break. Shea also said the message was similar to another ominous and threatening message left on November 22, but added that it did not indicate a specific threat of violence.

Shea did not describe the recent reported threat, but the November message said “11-25-19 don’t come to school. Don’t gotta believe me” on a bathroom wall. Spokane Valley deputies responded to the scene that day and launched an investigation.

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In his most recent letter to families, Shea said the district is and will continue to work with law enforcement to determine the credibility of the potential threat.

Cpl. Mark Gregory, with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said they take every threat seriously and use the resources they have to make sure students and staff are safe.

“This type of stuff needs to stop. We can’t have threats, obviously, and we can’t have copycats. We need to be able to take and make sure these are safe and it’s just too much fear for the students and staff and parents. They shouldn’t have to go through this,” Cpl. Gregory said.

Shea said school will continue on Monday as scheduled and extra law enforcement presence will be available.

The district encouraged parents to discuss the seriousness of threats like this with their children. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.