School threat suspect arrested

School Resource Officers from the Port Orchard Police Department and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 16-year-old male student from Port Orchard Monday after finding a threatening message written on the wall of a men’s restroom at South Kitsap High School.

According to police reports, the handwritten message stated the author was going to kill “everyone” in the school during one of today’s lunch periods.

The arrest was made after officers reviewed videotapes and interviewed the suspect and other students.

A handwriting analysis was also conducted.

The suspect confessed to the threats and is being held at the Kitsap County Youth Services Center. The suspect was arraigned yesterday.

The investigation is ongoing, however police reports state there is no evidence anyone else was involved in making or carrying out the threats.

However, additional officers from the Port Orchard Police Department and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office will be at the school today.

A letter from South Kitsap High School Principal David Colombini was sent home to parents with students following Monday’s arrest stating, “We take all threats seriously. We are working closely with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”

Colombini reported in his letter to parents on Monday that local law enforcement officials would search the campus before the start of school today.

If you have any additional information about the investigation call the Port Orchard Police Department at (360) 876-1700.

For more information from the South Kitsap School District, call Public Information Officer J. Marie Merrifield at (360) 874-7002.

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