Student accused of threatening to ‘shoot up’ middle school

A student is facing criminal charges for allegedly saying he was going to “shoot up” the school.

A student at North Whidbey Middle School is facing criminal charges for allegedly telling another student he was going to “shoot up” the school on Friday the 13th, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged the 13-year-old boy in Island County Juvenile Court May 17 with threat to injure or bomb property and felony harassment. His family posted $500 bail.

Oak Harbor police took the case especially seriously because the boy made a threat to shoot students at the Oak Harbor Intermediate School last year, according to the police report on the incident. His parents at the time said the family’s firearms were secured at the armory at the Navy base and the boy was told about the serious consequences of the statements he allegedly made.

In addition, the boy was involved in an incident in April of this year in which he and three other boys were in the woods and one of them fired a pistol, the report states.

In the current case, the reporting student told his mother that a boy whispered to him in class on April 12 that “tomorrow is Friday the 13th” and that the student shouldn’t come to school because he was “going to shoot the place up,” the report states.

The student’s mother notified the police. The reporting student didn’t know the name of the boy who allegedly made the threat — who was not someone he normally spoke to — but police were able to identify him from talking to the teacher, the report indicates. The student who reported the threat said he was frightened to go to school.

Four Oak Harbor officers arrested the suspect at his home April 12. His mother told officers that there were firearms in the house but that they were in a safe and the boy could not access them, the police report states.