Sumner School District tells families: ‘There are no substantiated threats’ to students

A message sent to Sumner High School families Wednesday told parents “there are no substantiated threats” involving the district’s high schools, but didn’t explain the motive behind the email.

Sumner School District spokeswoman Sarah Gillispie said: “Concerns came in through the school. The school worked with law enforcement today and didn’t substantiate any concerns.” She said she could not elaborate on what those concerns were.

“Like probably every jurisdiction, Sumner police have zero tolerance for jokes or chatter by students about violence,” police spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said in a statement Wednesday. “We helped our partners at the district investigate some rumors, but thankfully, nothing criminal was found.”

She did not explain what those rumors were.

A couple parents contacted The News Tribune on Wednesday, saying they were hoping to learn more about what had happened to prompt the message, one of whom forwarded the email from the school to reporters.

“Our School District, working alongside law enforcement and neighboring schools districts, investigates every rumor and potential threat to ensure the welfare and safety of our students and staff,” the message from superintendent Sara E. Johnson said. “Please know that we take safety in our buildings very seriously; the well-being of our students is our top concern.”