Washington School district receives racist Instagram threats, shooting threats

Unknown Instagram account labeled as “KKK Member” threatens to “Shoot up the school” district says threat not credible

Schools in the University Place School District in Washington State have been the recipients of an Instagram threat that the school is deeming not credible. The account, to which the username has not been revealed, has been posted partially in Instagram accounts online.

The account, which shows zero followers and two posts with White Supremacy flags, symbolism and Ku Klux Klan members, posted the following message:

“F--k you all. I’m gonna shoot up the school tomorrow @nvi @drum @Curtis (incorrectly tagging Narrows View Intermediate, Drum Intermediate and Curtis public school) Everyone is gonna die tomorrow hahahahaha … Kkk.”

In response to the post, the University Place School District sent out a letter alerting staff, parents and students.

On Thursday, Jeff Chamberlin the University Place School District Superintendent wrote a letter to parents and staff that the source was not believed to be credible and that school would continue as normal.

The letter on the UPSD website reads as follows:

Dear UPSD Parents and Staff:

We continue to work closely with law enforcement to investigate the threats made to several of our schools on social media earlier this evening. While we have been unable to identify the source of the threats, we have not discovered any additional information beyond the post that indicates that the threat is credible.

We will operate all schools on a normal schedule tomorrow with additional security as a precaution. Uniformed deputies will be present at Narrows View, Drum, Curtis Junior and Curtis Senior High Schools and additional supervision will also be in place at each school.

This investigation is ongoing and we will continue to communicate updates to parents and staff through email as new information is available.

We appreciate your patience with this matter and we understand that some parents may wish to keep students home from school as a precaution. While we do not feel that this is necessary, these absences will be excused.

Again, thank you for your patience and support as we work to keep all of our students safe.

Jeff Chamberlin

Superintendent

University Place School District

(253) 566-5600

The UPSD and local law enforcement did not yet respond to Indian Country Today’s request for comments.


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