Sumner High Student Makes Hoax Bomb Threat, Classes to Continue as Scheduled

Students at Sumner High reported to officials that another student was making bomb threats so that school would be cancelled today. That student has been questioned by the Sumner Police Department and school is continuing as scheduled.

A Sumner High School student who made a bomb threat on the bus and at school today has been questioned by the Sumner Police Department and classes will go on as normal, according to an announcement from SHS officals.

Here’s the release, from Principal Bill Gaines:

Dear Sumner High School Families:

At Sumner High School our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. We want to inform you about a situation that happened this morning. Two students reported to us they had overheard a classmate, both on the bus and at school, talking about making a bomb threat so that school would be dismissed early today. We immediately contacted the Sumner Police Department who reviewed the facts and evaluated the situation. The police were quickly able to determine that this was a non-credible threat and there was enough information to identify the student and to confirm that the threat was a hoax. At no time was there any risk to students or staff.

Thank you to the students for quickly reporting the information they had overheard to staff. I am very proud of the students for sharing what they saw and what they heard. We wanted you to be aware of this situation, so you would have the facts to discuss this situation with your son or daughter.

We know you are concerned for your children and their safety. We are too. We take all threats very seriously and will take all measures necessary to insure the safety of our students and staff. Please know any student who makes a threat toward other students, staff or the school, will face school discipline and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 253.891.5500.


Bill Gaines, Principal


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