The Tukwila School District announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, that a bomb threat made against Showalter Middle School has promoted police to respond.
The threat – made on Facebook – caused police to bring in a K-9 unit. Police swept the entire Showalter building and found no signs of anything suspicious. They also said that they were able to identify and apprehended the person behind the threat, who confessed to making the threat.
Police say they are now confident that there was “zero credibility to the threat, and that school can operate normally tomorrow.”
“We have no reason to believe that any of our other school campuses are impacted,” the district said in a statement. “You will likely notice additional police presence on campus this afternoon and tomorrow, and that’s a good thing. Although alarming, police have let us know that the follow-through on threats like this is very low; however, we always err on the side of extreme caution.”
At this point, authorities are expecting Showalter to have a regular school day tomorrow.
“If we receive any updates, we will post them on the district’s homepage throughout the evening and morning,” the district said. “If police have reason to believe there is an elevated safety risk to students and staff tomorrow morning, we will let the Showalter community know via auto-dial if there is a schedule change. We do expect the situation to be resolved by then.”
“Safety is our number-one priority, and we thank the Tukwila Police Department for such quick and thorough action,” the district added.
Showalter Middle School is located at 4628 S 144th Street in Tukwila: