Nampa school officials, police investigate threat posted at Skyview High School
NAMPA, Idaho —
Nampa police and administrators at Skyview High School are investigating a message scrawled on a bathroom wall that warns of a shooting planned at the school on Tuesday, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported.
In response, Nampa school district administrators sent a letter to parents indicating that school and police are aware and taking steps to ensure the safety of students.
“The well-being ans safety of the school, our students and staff is the priority of the Nampa School District and the Nampa Police Department,” according to a copy of the letter provided by Kathleen Tuck, spokeswoman for the school district. “We appreciate those who have called to make sure we know about the situation and encourage you to always keep us in the loop if you see or hear anything that concerns you.”
Tuck said the message, written in red ink on a bathroom wall, was discovered Thursday. It states that there will be a shooting at the school on April 18 at 10:24 a.m., and that a gang of students will target teachers, administrators and seniors at the school.
Sgt. Jason Cantrell, with the School Resource Officer Division, said the police department is working with the district to investigate. He said the police department will also provide extra security at the high school on Tuesday.
Tuck said school officials and police are reviewing evidence and surveillance camera footage to determine who may have written the message. Tuck said the threat has circulated on social media, raising some concerns for parents.
“Student safety is our number one priority,” Tuck said. “We would never put the students in an unsafe position.”