WENATCHEE — Wenatchee High School canceled in-person classes Friday and shifted to remote learning following an unspecified threat to the school. Activities at the district’s other schools are uninterrupted.
The district received a tip on Thursday a “rumored shooting” would take place at the high school, according to district spokesperson Diana Haglund. Additional security measures were implemented, though school activities Thursday were uninterrupted.
The threat is still under investigation by Wenatchee Police, which prompted the district to shift to remote learning. All after-school activities at the high school were canceled Friday. Scheduled events this weekend, including athletics and Saturday’s craft bazaar, will run as scheduled.
“The reports that came in were rumors of a threat, so we have not received anything that was very specifically threatening of students, staff or school as a whole,” she said.
Wenatchee High School students were read a letter Friday during first period which said the threat the district received said a student could bring a weapon to campus.
Haglund said the plan is for the high school to resume in-person instruction Monday.
A separate threat against Foothills Middle School was reported around 1 p.m. Thursday, Haglund said. As a precaution, Foothills was placed in shelter-in-place mode for the remainder of the day. Classes continued in normal operation, though outside doors were locked and no one was able to enter or leave the building.
“At no time was there any direct threat made to any school staff or students at Foothills,” Haglund said.
Garn Christensen, Eastmont School District’s superintendent, said the district has not received similar threats. As a precaution, East Wenatchee Police focused patrols in the vicinity of Eastmont High School on Friday.