Former student arrested in Skyline shooting threat

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

A former Skyline High School student has been arrested after an online threat to shoot students forced the school to cancel classes two weeks ago. Detectives believe he may have been involved in a similar threat against another school last spring.

The 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in Edmonds, according to a King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. Detectives seized three computers and two cell phones from the home last week and found evidence allegedly linking the suspect to the threat. No weapons were found in the suspect's house.

Detectives said they also found evidence suggesting the same suspect was involved in a similar threat against Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood last April.

Skyline was closed Sept. 20 after someone posted on the Internet a plot to shoot and kill students at the school. The author wrote about bringing his or her father's gun to school and shooting students until he or she ran out of ammunition.

The threat read, in part:

"The people at that school use their wealth and social status to act superior to others and they think it makes them better. The biggest offender of that would definitely be the jocks, I am going to start killing them first because they deserve it the most...”

The author went on to say he or she would kill others until running out of ammunition and is killed by authorities or takes his or her own life.

More than 270 calls were made to 911 by people who saw the threat, prompting the school to cancel classes.

"I'm actually former friends with him. I knew what it was," said one student, who tipped police to the suspect. "He's just suspicious, curious and mischievious."

Eastside Catholic High School, less than a mile from Skyline, was closed the next day as a precaution.

Police said cyber bullying is a serious offence and the suspect could face up to five years in prison.

The suspect is being held at the King County Youth Services Center. He's expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

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