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Posted on: November 29, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Hoax Halts Activities at Issaquah High School

Issaquah police have investigated a threat against Issaquah High School and determined it was a hoax.

Issaquah High security personnel and administrators were informed by the Issaquah Police Department early Nov. 28, 2014, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had contacted Issaquah Police regarding a threat made by a student at the school.

A posting on a hacker’s website said an explosive device had been planted at Issaquah High and that the student planned to bring weapons to school Nov. 28 and kill people. This posting was brought to the attention of the FBI. No threats were made to specific individuals at the school.

While school was not in session Nov. 28, some sports and extracurricular activities were taking place at Issaquah High.

District and Issaquah High administrators took immediate steps to evacuate the school. Local law enforcement with bomb sniffing dogs swept the building. After an extensive and thorough search, no bomb was found and the building was cleared for clubs and community activities to resume the following day.

Issaquah police investigated the student whose name was associated with the threat. The student and his family cooperated completely with police and immediately turned over all electronic devices.

Further investigation by the police traced communications back to a local business computer that was hacked in early November. The student was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Police said it is safe to reopen the building for activities, and school will be in session as usual after the Thanksgiving holiday.