Parents and staff at Capital High School in Olympia woke up Friday to an email from the school’s principal letting them know about a message circulating on social media threatening a shooting at “CHS.”
Principal Curtis Cleveringa said the image of a handwritten note shared on Snapchat read: “CHS School Shooting 10-19-18. Be Ready.”
Cleveringa wrote that Olympia Police were investigating the post but that “there has been no determination that the post represents a credible threat or is a reference to Capital High School in Olympia.”
Still, it seems some families took the threat seriously: More than one-third of Capital High students were marked absent Friday, according to a school district spokeswoman.
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Officials at schools elsewhere with the initials CHS were investigating the same threat.
According to Wisconsin news organizations, Central High School in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, canceled classes Friday because so many students were absent.
Schools in Idaho, Tennessee and Texas also were on alert.
In Olympia, officials had more police at Capital High School on Friday as a precaution.