False Reports of School Shootings in Western Washington Caused ‘Enormous’ Stress


There have been seven false reports of school shootings in western Washington.

WASHINGTON, USA — Students in Western Washington faced another startling reality as false calls of school shootings arrived from Bellingham to Tacoma on Tuesday.

“When you have so many fake incidents where there’s no gun, you’re always scared because you know that’s a possibility you need to worry about and it shouldn’t be.” , said Franklin High School Sophomore Safiya Warsame.

Safiya and Junior, Natalya McConnell helped organize the Seattle Student Union rally last week on the steps of City Hall following the shooting death of Ingraham High School student Ebenezer Haile. Franklin High School wasn’t one of the schools that got a call, but it still hits close to home.

“It shouldn’t be this close to our communities, it shouldn’t be in our schools, we come here to be educated, we don’t come here to be killed,” McConnell said.

The schools affected were Rochester High School in Thurston, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Marysville Getchell High School, Mount Vernon High School, Sedro-Woolley High School, Sehome High School in Bellingham and Blaine Highschool.

“These false reports of school shootings are adding tremendous stress not only to students, but also to teachers, staff, parents and law enforcement,” said Marissa Randazzo, executive director of threat management. at Ontic. She said it was unusual to have such a high number of false reports.

“If law enforcement actually responds to a shooting at a school, they’re going to get their strike personnel out, they’re going to treat them as if they should immediately walk into the school and assume there’s a situation. active shooting,” says Randazzo.

These are serious crimes whose punishment is based on intent and result. Whoever made the false statements could face up to 10 years in prison.

Students have told KING 5 that more mental health counselors are needed in schools, and they are optimistic about the $4 million in mental health resources the Seattle City Council recently allocated in their budget.


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