Thursday, June 16, 2016
King County Sheriff Detectives are investigating threats made over the social media site Instagram, which were directed at students and faculty at Inglemore High School on Simmonds Road NE in Kenmore, in the Northshore School District.
On Friday June 10, 2016, administrators from Inglemore High School called the Kenmore Police to report some harassing posts and possible threats made to the school and specific staff. The threats were posted from an Instagram account that students are able to see and follow. The post referred to certain staff at the school, calling them names and telling them (in different terms) to stop messing with them. Administrators were made aware of these posts by students and parents from the school.
When notified of the posts, Kenmore Deputies began to investigate to determine if they constituted a crime. In the meantime, the account they were coming from was temporarily shut down by Instagram.
On June 14, 2016, several students and parents again contacted Administrators at Inglemore to tell them that another post from the same name was made. This time the post was more threatening. Among other things, the post warned people “do not come to school tomorrow ima waste everyone.”
Inglemore High School was not specifically named in this post.
With the information that they had, Administrators at Inglemore High School decided to cancel classes for Wednesday, June 15.
The school will be holding classes on Thursday. A statement from the school was posted on their website:
Over the last two weeks, an unknown individual has copied images from other Inglemoor High School students’ accounts and created different Instagram accounts to post photos and comments about students and staff. These posts have become increasingly harassing.
We take any threat very seriously and have been working closely with the Kenmore Police Department. Police are looking into the incident and working with Instagram to identify the individual(s) responsible.
Police do not believe this recent post is a credible threat based on the activity and information from previous posts. Additionally, police believe the person responsible is seeking attention and power and expects to see a continuation of posts in the future.
King County Sheriff Detectives will be investigating and trying to determine who is behind these postings. That person could face serious felony charges. Deputies will be on hand at school when classes resume. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kenmore Police Department at 206-296-3311.