Poulsbo public schools on lockdown after report of gun sighting in neighborhood

POULSBO — North Kitsap public schools in Poulsbo are on lockdown this morning, after a caller reported seeing someone walking near the school “with what looked like a rifle,” Deputy Chief Andy Pate said.

The call was received at 9:28 a.m., possibly from a passerby, Pate said. Officers were sent to North Kitsap High School, Poulsbo Middle School and Poulsbo Elementary School as a precaution, and other officers were questioning people in the area to determine if they’d seen anything suspicious.

“We haven’t received a phone call from anyone else. We’ve talked to others in the area and nobody has reported seeing anything,” Pate said. “We have more officers en route and we have officers inside the schools. We’re taking as many precautions as possible.”

School district spokeswoman Jenn Markaryan said at 10:35 a.m. that parents were notified by robocall and the district was keeping them updated through social media — and answering phone calls. “Parents just want to know that their kids are safe,” Markaryan said. She said the district would send out updates as more information is known.

At the high school, Kitsap Daily News’ Sophie Bonomi reported seeing six law enforcement vehicles from Bainbridge Island Police, Poulsbo Police and Kitsap County Sheriff. “Police are on scene now,” she reported. “I’m sitting in a dark room with no windows now.”