Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Threatening graffiti and social media posts shut down Botella High School campus

The Botella High School campus was closed on Thursday after threatening graffiti and anonymous social media threats emerged, according to a statement from Northshore School District Superintendent Michelle Reid.

Botella police have been investigating and will increase their presence at the school on Thursday while students study remotely, school officials said.

On Thursday, police did not immediately provide an update on the status of the investigation.

Reed said in a statement that families received notice from the school principal on Wednesday night that violent graffiti was found on campus on Thursday. She said that later, “new threats” began to appear on social media.

“As with all security issues, we take this seriously. Law enforcement was immediately contacted and we are continuing to investigate the threat in cooperation with Botella Police Department and District Security and Safety personnel, ”the statement said.

“In addition, we worked with Botella Police Department to increase their presence on campus today, including a complete cleanup of the campus tonight based on new threats on social media.”

In the statement, Reed spoke directly to the person responsible for the graffiti, as well as to those who may have known who did it.

“If this message was intended as a call for help, threatening anyone, let alone the entire school, is not an option,” Reed wrote. “We have counselors and school staff ready to provide the support you need. The first step is forward. “

Reed also urged parents and guardians to speak to their students and urged anyone with knowledge of the threats to contact Botella Police Department.

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