Student arrested after online threat to Spanaway Lake High School

A student who wrote a post on social media threatening the safety of students at Spanaway Lake High School was arrested Sunday, the school reported.

School officials said they became aware of the threat Sunday evening and notified the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, which identified the student who posted the threat and arrested him.

“As of this morning, the campus is safe. Classes will continue as scheduled,” said a statement Monday on the school’s website. “We thank the (Sheriff’s Department) for their quick response and swift resolution of this issue.

“But, more importantly, we would like to thank the students and parents that brought this matter to our attention late Sunday evening.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday that the arrested boy is 14 and was “despondent over an issue that had nothing to do with school.” The boy did not have access to a gun, Troyer said.

School officials encouraged people who hear of such threats to report them to authorities immediately.

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