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Jackson High School classes disrupted by disturbing Tweets

Nearly empty Jackson High School cafeteria during second lunch. Photo credit: Zach Anders.
Nearly empty Jackson High School cafateria during second lunch on Wednesday. Photo credit: Zach Anders.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

December 16th update.

Paul Archipley of the Mill Creek Beacon reported that the Jackson High School student who posted the anonymous Tweets has come forward.

Archipley wrote, “Jackson High principal Dave Peters posted an update on the school’s website Monday (December 15th) informing the community that the student’s parent called to report that the student admitted creating the page.”

The Mill Creek Police Department concluded that none of the social media posts posed a “credible threat,” but increased their presence at the school on Wednesday, December 10th “to ensure the safety and security of the students and Everett School District facilities.”

The good news from the Mill Creek Police Department is that they received significant situational information from community members, “The initial report was followed by over one hundred subsequent reports from other concerned parents of Jackson High School students.”

Original December 10th article.

Word travels fast in social media. A series of Tweets, re-Tweets, and Facebook posts from Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning caused many parents to keep their students home from Jackson High School Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Jackson High School administrators first heard about the social media chatter on Tuesday evening according to a letter posted on Facebook by Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn on Wednesday morning at about 8:45 am.

Cohn wrote that Mill Creek Police were “immediately contacted” and “are fully involved and in contact with Twitter to determine the identity of the person making the comments.”

“There were no direct threats made to the school or any individuals, although re-Tweets and other social media conversations have raised concern and colored the situation with misleading speculation.”

Extra Mill Creek Police have been on the Jackson High School campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods today as a precaution.

Attendance at Jackson High School was very sparse today because of students and parents concerns.

A number of frustrated parents posted their concerns on the Everett School District’s Facebook page.

Everett Public Schools replied, “We are sorry the information shared with families could not be confirmed and validated earlier than it was this morning. Rather than sharing partial information or information we were unsure of, we responded as early as possible with the facts and after working through the night with law enforcement.”

Everett Public Schools and Mill Creek Police spokespersons have not been available yet today to share any updated information.