Report of Possible Weapon at High School Unfounded
Spokane Valley Deputies, working with East Valley High School (EVHS) Administrators, briefly placed the high school in modified lockdown (students stay in classrooms) for the safety of students and staff, while a possible threat was quickly investigated. The student reported overhearing the conversation of some fellow students and thought a weapon was mentioned. The students involved in the discussion were quickly identified. They were very cooperative with Deputies and EVHS Staff. No weapon was located, and this appears to be a misunderstanding. We appreciate the student who reported this information out of concern for the safety of students and staff.
On September 17, 2021, at approximately 11:50 a.m., an East Valley High School student contacted East Valley High School Resource Deputy Bruner. The student said they overheard part of a conversation between some other students during a break and thought a weapon was mentioned.
Deputy Bruner contacted EVHS Administrators, and for the safety of all students and staff, the school was briefly placed on a modified lockdown (students remained in classrooms). Additional Deputies, assisted by Liberty Lake Police Officers, responded while the students involved in the discussion were identified.
The students were very cooperative, and it was quickly determined this was a misunderstanding. After a search, a weapon was not found, and it was safe to continue normal operations at the school.
The student who reported this information acted correctly and with the safety of fellow students, teachers, and staff in mind.
As always, the safety of students and staff is the priority for the East Valley School District, the Spokane Valley Police Department, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. We will continue to work together with students, parents, and staff to provide a safe school environment.