Suspects in Social Media Threats Identified
No Imminent Danger to Students or Staff
Investigators have identified the suspects involved in the social media threats aimed at three local high schools which caused fear in our community and the diversion of a large amount of law enforcement resources.
Investigators determined the East Valley High School and West Valley High School threats were connected and several juveniles were involved.
The suspect in the Mead High School threats has also been identified and Detectives believe this incident is not connected to the other threats.
Due to this combined effort of Detectives, School Officials, School Resource and Patrol Deputies, these suspects were identified and although their actions caused an enormous amount of fear to spread throughout our community, there was no imminent danger to students and staff related to these criminal threats.
Both investigations are active as Detectives continue to conduct interviews. Although no arrests have been made at this time, the investigations will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office at their conclusion and felony charges are expected.
We understand these threats caused a lot of fear to students, staff, and our community, and we would like to thank everyone for the patience and support during the investigations. Our Detectives and Deputies worked closely with East Valley, West Valley and Mead School District Officials to keep student and staff safe which is the priority for all of us.
As a reminder, please talk to your children about the use of social media and the need to immediately report threats without forwarding them to their friends which only spreads fear and disinformation, while hindering the investigation.