Important Update Regarding SKHS Lockdown

Important Update Regarding SKHS Lockdown
Posted on 12/05/2017

December 5, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The purpose of this communication is to update you with additional information about the lockdown at South Kitsap High School this morning.

At approximately 7:40 this morning, the high school administration was notified by a staff member that several students reported receiving a photo message via “AirDrop” (“AirDrop” is an Apple iPhone feature that allows users to share files wirelessly between their phones.) To the left is a copy of the image that was received.
Copy of image received

Out of an abundance of caution, school administration placed the school in lockdown while law enforcement investigated the situation. With the help of students, police were able to identify a student who admitted to forwarding the photograph. This student was placed under arrest and is subject to school discipline, up to and including expulsion. It is important to note that there was no gun on campus, the student had copied the image off the internet.  


At 9:45 AM law enforcement advised us, that there was no longer a danger and the school resumed normal operations.

 

I want to acknowledge the frustration that parents, students, and staff have expressed over the number of times the high school has been negatively impacted by various threats. Advancements in technology and social media have changed the complexity of dealing with real and perceived threats.

 

We are very fortunate to have a proactive and responsive Police Department who share in our mission of school safety. They have been able to positively identify the source of the last three (3) threats and they have also have been able to identify the people responsible for making them.

 

Student and staff safety is our number one priority.  When threats are made, we will continue to take them very seriously and we will react in a way that protects our students, staff, and any visitors in our buildings. We also continue to need everyone’s help.  The students this morning did the right thing by notifying their teacher about the “AirDrop” photograph. Please remind students to continue to report unsafe conditions either to an adult, school employee, or through our Safety Tip Line.

Sincerely,

Karst Brandsma
Superintendent