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Rainier Beach High School reopens after cancelation due to threats

Dec 15, 2022, 7:17 AM
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(Photo from Seattle Public Schools)
(Photo from Seattle Public Schools)

Update 7:13 a.m.:

Rainier Beach High School will be reopened today after unknown threats were made against the school Tuesday evening, prompting an evacuation.

Prinicipal Brooks sent a statement to students, parents, and staff announcing that schools would be back up and running Thursday.

Dear Rainier Beach families,

Rainier Beach High School will be open tomorrow, Dec. 15. We will be operating on our regular schedule. All after-school activities tomorrow will continue as planned.

Yesterday, a threat to our school made it necessary to close today. The threats were made by an individual who is not a Rainier Beach student and has been identified by the police.

There is an active investigation by Seattle Police Department (SPD). Rainier Beach staff and SPS Safety and Security are cooperating with the police investigation.

Looking ahead for tomorrow’s school day, my team is putting additional security measures in place.

School safety precautions include:

  • SPS Safety and Security staff will be providing additional security
  • Rainier Beach staff will be high visible as students are entering the building

We will monitor and reassess these precautions as needed.

I am looking forward to seeing our students and staff tomorrow! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Principal Ivory BrooksRainier Beach High School

Original:

Spectators at a Rainier Beach High School junior varsity basketball game were evacuated Tuesday night because someone made threats to the campus, school officials said.

A spokesperson with Seattle Public Schools told KIRO Newsradio students at wrestling practice, and after-school club events were also escorted off school grounds safety because of reported threats.

Principal Ivory Brooks canceled classes and after-school activities the next day, citing an “abundance of caution.”

Officials have not clarified what the threats were or where they came from, saying only they were directed at the school’s campus.

Statement posted Dec. 13

Rainier Beach High School will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 14, due to a threat to the school. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, our school received a threat and all after-school/evening activities were canceled.

The safety and well-being of the Rainier Beach community is our top priority.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to close school tomorrow. All after-school activities for Wednesday have been canceled.

Seattle Police Department and the SPS Safety and Security team are investigating the threat. We are working diligently to learn more about what happened and how to ensure a safe environment for Rainier Beach students and staff.

Please know that I take safety in our buildings very seriously. The well-being of our students is my top concern.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Principal Ivory Brooks
Rainier Beach High School

The Seattle Police Department, as well as a public safety team from Seattle Public Schools, are investigating the threat.

District officials are meeting to discuss when classes will resume.

KIRO Newsradio has reached out to SPD for more information.

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Rainier Beach High School reopens after cancelation due to threats