On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 14, Seaside Police investigated the threat of a school shooting that would reportedly occur on Wednesday May 15. A single juvenile suspect sent an email warning to several Seaside High School students telling them not to come to school on Wednesday as there would be a school shooting.
One of the message recipients immediately reported the threat to high school administrators who then called the Seaside Police Department. The student who sent the threat was contacted, interviewed and admitted to sending the message threatening the school shooting. The juvenile denied that they had intended to carry out the treat and that the threat was made because they were frustrated over an unknown reason.
The early investigation did not discover any known access to firearms, nor was there any indication that other students were involved as a potential co-conspirator. The parents of the student suspect are very concerned about the threat and have been cooperating with the investigation.
Based on the initial investigation, the juvenile suspect was not taken into custody and remained in the home with the parents. The student was immediately suspended from school pending further school administrative inquiry which may include expulsion from school. Criminal charges concerning the threat will be forwarded to the Clatsop County Juvenile Department and Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office for review upon completion of the investigation.
The Seaside School District sent out an informational email to parents on Wednesday evening after the suspect had been contacted by police. Through this email, school administrators communicated that there was no belief that a threat of harm to students and staff continued to exist. Seaside High School and the Seaside Police Department agreed to have uniformed presence and extra patrols at the school throughout the day as an added measure of precaution.
The ability to stop a threat and possible tragedy starts with those who see or hear something and then report it. This threat was able to be investigated and the suspect contacted within three hours of the message being sent because someone had the courage to say something when they knew they had seen or heard something suspicious or threatening. Thank you to those students who reported a serious safety concern and threat to our community.