Juanita High School senior arrested after social media gun threats

Kirkland Police and school district staff worked collaboratively during the investigation.

Screenshot of alleged Instagram direct message conversation between the suspect and a peer (Screenshot from Tweet made by @garywalton73)

Screenshot of alleged Instagram direct message conversation between the suspect and a peer (Screenshot from Tweet made by @garywalton73)

Kirkland Police arrested a Juanita High School student June 12 after the suspect allegedly posted several threats directed toward classmates online. Several students reported the threats, which prompted the investigation.

On Sunday, June 12, at about 12:45 p.m., several community members reported online threats being posted on Instagram. The threats of violence, accompanied by a photo of a firearm, were made toward students who attended Juanita High School. The threats were alleged to be carried out at Juanita High School in the next week.

The Lake Washington School District also received several tips about the threats being posted online. Kirkland Police Department officers, school resource officers, detectives and Lake Washington School District staff worked collaboratively during the investigation, according to police.

The 18-year-old suspect was identified as a Juanita High School senior and was subsequently arrested without incident, according to police. The suspect was booked into the Kirkland Jail on several counts of harassment, and he was formally trespassed from going onto LWSD-owned properties, police report. The suspect is not being named because he has not yet been charged with a crime as of this posting.

The Lake Washington School District has a comprehensive school safety program to include school resource officers who patrol the LWSD school campuses. Extra patrols will be conducted at school campuses this week, according to the district.

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