EAST BREMERTON — Threats made over social media that resulted in Olympic High School being temporarily placed on lockdown Dec. 8 led to the arrest of a 14-year-old former OHS student.
The teen was booked into the center juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies went to OHS around 1 p.m. Dec. 8 after school administrators learned a former OHS student had threatened to return to the school and bring a firearm and other persons with him, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson reported. The boy is enrolled at another Central Kitsap district school.
“The cause of this action was reported to be a dispute between the suspect and a current OHS male student,” Wilson reported. “The dispute stemmed from alleged remarks or text messages by the current OHS student over an incident that had occurred the previous week. The former OHS student wanted to fight the current OHS student who wanted nothing to do with the suspect. The suspect stated that he intended to bring a firearm to the fight. Other students also were involved in the exchange of threats or other information via text messaging or social media.”
Early the afternoon of Dec. 8, the suspect allegedly made comments via social media that led authorities to believe that he was in the vicinity of OHS looking for the person whom he wanted to fight. “Due to the nature of the threats that involved the suspect being armed with a gun, OHS administrators placed the school into lockdown as a precautionary measure,” Wilson reported.
A few minutes later, a sheriff’s patrol sergeant located the suspect and three other youths on foot at a nearby park. The suspect was detained and was found not to be armed with a gun. School officials subsequently canceled the lockdown. The suspect was taken into custody.