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Teen arrested for threat at Cascade Middle School

March 10, 2018

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A 13-year-old Cascade Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of felony threats to kill after allegedly announcing in class that he would commit a school shooting.

The student was in class when he got upset and made the comment, Sedro-Woolley Police Department Sgt. Dan McIlraith said.

The student was taken to the school office, where he apparently said he didn’t mean the comment, McIlraith said, but school officials and law enforcement took the comment seriously.

“We just can’t take the chance,” McIlraith said. “We have a duty to make sure a school is safe. (Students) need to be mindful of what they say, especially concerning school shootings.”

A search warrant was served at the boy’s home, McIlraith said, and several of his electronic devices were taken by police.

Weapons at the home were also seized, McIlraith said.

“We don’t want to return him to a residence where there’s immediate access to weapons,” McIlraith said.

The student has been expelled from school while the district and the police conduct a threat assessment, Sedro-Woolley School District Superintendent Phil Brockman said.

“Safety is always our No.1 priority,” Brockman said.