Sedro-Woolley, WA – On October 18th, 2018, a Sedro-Woolley community member found a disturbing online message posted on social media by a person they believed to be a current Sedro-Woolley High School Student. The community member believed the posting made threatening remarks toward the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community at the Sedro-Woolley High School.
The social media post by contained offensive language and stated:
I believe, as an American. That the lgbtq community is taking over the world. These stubborn, retarded, useless jack offs need to just quit. My petition is to allow all non(fags) to open fire on anyone seen supporting this. Note: A picture of a rainbow flag followed the wording.
The community member was worried that the current Sedro-Woolley High School students may feel unsafe to report the online message to High School staff. The community member emailed the Sedro-Woolley High School Principal, Kerri Carlton, as well as several local news media outlets with an email titled “Justifiable threat made against LGBTQ students by member of Sedro-Woolley Student body.”
Carlton quickly responded to the email and notified the community member that she had been recently notified of the online posting and she was working with local law enforcement and the students/former students involved. Carlton confirmed the online posting came from a person who is no longer a student at the Sedro-Woolley High School campus and ensured the community member that the school was working with family as well as law enforcement for the protection of all students. “Safety for all students is our number one priority at all times,” wrote Carlton.
Sedro-Woolley Police Sergeant Paul Eaton said the Sedro-Woolley Police Department contacted multiple subjects related to the post, including the 18-year old man who made the original post. The man was found not to be a student at Sedro-Woolley High School. While concerning, the post does not violate the law and with the information found we do not believe there to be a credible threat to any persons or locations. Although Sedro-Woolley High School notified Police of the post, it was found to not be directed towards the school.
The Sedro-Woolley Police Department is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all of our community members and will continue to thoroughly investigate any social media posts like this in the future.
Officers will be in the area of the High School with the intent of making sure students and staff feel comfortable and safe.
Students and their families are encouraged to report any threatening online social media posts to school officials or your local police department so they can be thoroughly investigated.