East Valley School District investigating social media threat

UPDATE: 7:00 am - December 4, 2018

The East Valley School District released the following statement in connection to the threat made on social media Monday night: 

"Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students,

My hope is that you already know this, but just in case, I will summarize our current situation. At about 9:45 pm last night I was informed of a threat made via snapchat. The message read "Watch out if you go to EV. Some of you are going to die tomorrow" (with a gun emoji).

We do not know who created this. We believe it was sent through a fake account. At the time, only high school students were sent the message. I'm not sure of how snapchat works, but others outside of the high school could have received this through people resending, but all of the information I received came last night from high school students. So it is our belief that the high school was the target.

The Sheriff's Department is sending additional resources to our district today. Not sure how many extra people we will get, but we will put them first at the high school, then at the middle school, and then at our other schools. Most likely the elementary will have patrol cars driving around the schools. We will have a law enforcement presence this morning.

I completely understand the fear and anxiety this creates for all of us. We are doing everything we can think of to find the source of this threat and to ensure everyone's safety. In the meantime, we cannot let our fear get in our way of doing what we need to do.

If anything new comes to my attention, I will let you know as soon as I can.

Kelly Shea"


SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The East Valley School District is investigating a threat circulating on social media towards an East Valley school Monday night.

At around 9: 45 p.m. Monday, an EVSD official was made aware of a Snapchat post threatening violence at school Tuesday. The message read "Watch out if you go to EV. Some of are you going to die tomorrow" with a gun emoji at the end.

EVSD says its deputy resource officer and administrative team are investigating the matter to determine the credibility of the message and identify who sent it. Parents and students are encouraged to come forward with any information to Kelly Shea, the school district's Superintendent.

School is expected to run Tuesday as scheduled. Officials are in the process of increasing security measures and law enforcement presence in schools.

This investigation is ongoing. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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