Liberty student taken into custody following threats

A 16 year old student was contacted Sunday by King County Sheriff’s deputies following reports he made threats toward Liberty High School.

A 16 year old Liberty High School student was taken into custody by King County Sheriff’s deputies following reports that he made a threat toward the school.

The high school was closed April 21 due to a possible threat following an anonymous post on social media.

The post was made sometime April 20 mentioning the potential of a shooting during an assembly, Sgt. Cindi West, media relations for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said.

That post caused school officials to cancel classes for April 21 to protect “the safety of students and staff,” a release from the Issaquah School District stated.

Students and staff were almost unable to return to school April 24 following another post sometime over the weekend.

West said this second post made mention that even though school was canceled Friday didn’t mean it (the threat of a shooting) was over.

Thanks to a tip from another Liberty High student Sheriff’s deputies were able to contact the suspect. West said he was contacted at his home April 23 and his parents have been cooperative during the investigation.

She added the student was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

“We don’t believe he had the means to carry out the attack,” West said. “But it still is a serious situation. We are thankful for the other student who came forward with information.”

She stressed the Sheriff’s Office says if you see something, know something or hear something that you should report it and that is exactly what this student did.

A message on April 24 on Liberty’s website from Principal Sean Martin said school was running on a normal schedule due to the situation being resolved by law enforcement.

“Our thanks to the King Count Sheriff’s Office, particularly to Deputy Dave Montalvo, for their tireless efforts in keeping the students, staff, and families of Liberty High School safe. We are grateful for their efforts, and they are a tremendous asset to our community,” the message read.