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Second threat in one month leaves some on edge

A handwritten threat similar to one found earlier this month at South Kitsap High School was identified Wednesday at John Sedgwick Junior High School and its origin is still under investigation by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Scrawled on the wall of one of the school’s male restrooms, the message threatened the lives of two Sedgwick students.

The message said the writer would kill the specified students during a school assembly to be held on Friday.

According to spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, a school resource officer from the Port Orchard Police Department responded to the report of the threat and the assembly was immediately cancelled.

A letter explaining the situation was sent home with students.

Additional deputies were at the school Friday.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Wilson could not give specific information regarding what, if anything, the Sheriff’s Office has learned.

“We did collect some evidence from the bathroom in the form of what the (handwriting) looks like,” Wilson said.

According to Wilson, the possibility that the incident could be the work of a copycat imitating the threat found at the high school has been considered.

“We considered the whole copycat thing,” Wilson said. “(But) there are some minor differences.”

Unlike the threat at the high school, the message was targeted, threatening two specific students.

Their names have not been released, but Wilson said they were told of the threat early on.

“They and their parents have been informed,” Wilson said.

School Resource Officers from the Port Orchard Police Department and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office arrested the student from Port Orchard last week who allegedly wrote a threatening message in a men’s restroom at South Kitsap High School.

He was released without bail and faces charges of felony harassment.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information concerning the threat found at Sedgwick Junior High School is asked to contact its Detectives Division at (360) 337-7111.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at (800) CRIME-13.

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