Juanita High School students resumed daily routine Thursday morning after Kirkland Police investigated and dispelled a school shooting rumor.
Police spoke with Juanita principal, Kelly Clapp about concerning comments overheard at the school on Wednesday and began investigating the rumor, according to Lake Washington School District communication manager, Collin Sullivan.
“We will always err on the side of caution when it comes to safety,” Clapp wrote in a press release.
The rumor comes 10 days after Juanita students staged a walkout in protest of gun violence.
Juanita officials canceled a planned assembly out of an “abundance of caution,” but the school did not go into lockdown or dismiss students. Juanita students remained in their classrooms during the scheduled assembly time and subsequently resumed their routine after about 40 minutes when police confirmed the rumor was false.
“I know that events like this raise the level of fear and anxiety,” Clapp wrote in a press release. “So be assured that everyone is safe, and that was our message to students and staff when we asked them to stay in class instead of going to the assembly.”
Police are still investigating the credibility, according to Sullivan, and the usual commissioned school resource officers remain at Juanita.