Burlington, WA – A student at the Burlington-Edison High School was expelled today after bringing a knife to school and threatening self-harm. Below is a statement from the Burlington-Edison High School Principal, Todd Setterlund, on the incident.
“During 2nd lunch today, it was reported that a student had displayed a knife to a group of students and threatened self-harm. We immediately located the students involved and investigated the incident. We notified Burlington Police and contacted the parents of the students involved. All students involved were compliant both with our interviews and with the interviews conducted by Burlington Police. The student who allegedly brought the knife has been connected to counseling supports, Emergency Expelled from school, and will be subject to a School Safety Assessment.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We commend the reporting students for immediately sharing what they saw during lunch. We are a strong, safe learning community because of our collective willingness to work together and share information when we see or hear something unusual.
Please continue to talk with your student about sharing information with adults regarding potentially dangerous situations. Encourage them to talk with any B-EHS staff member if they see or hear something suspicious. Students, parents/guardians, and staff can utilize our SafeSchools tip line by calling or texting 855.714.0195 to anonymously report safety or other concerns at individual schools. Tips can also be emailed to email@example.com. Tips are investigated and handled internally or forwarded to Burlington Police or Skagit County Sheriff Department, as appropriate.”
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Burlington-Edison High School