MEAD, Wash. - Mead High School parents are calling for a review of procedures addressing bullying and harassment after a student sent a picture to two girls of a gun with the caption “this would look nice next to your guys' heads."
The girls' parents now say that enough is enough, and the school needs to do more to address bullying.
The threatening Snapchat message, sent last spring, along with reports of a student kill list this fall, are just a few of the reasons some parents are on edge.
Kxly4 spoke with two fathers who say they are so worried about their daughters' safety, they've pulled them out of school this week.
Tim Little and Richie Fischer saw the Snapchat sent to their daughters last spring. The sheriff's office and the school were immediately notified. Little says protection measures were put in place for the rest of that school year.
This week, that picture showed up on Facebook.
“Since that Facebook post, my phone has been lighting up with texts, with instant messages, every kind of contact you can think of,” said Fischer.
Now, there are new complaints. These fathers say the same student that sent that threatening SnapChat has been harassing their daughters again.
When Little asked the school what they were going to do about their daughter and this boy in the same class, the school replied that their hands were tied.
So Little pulled his daughter out of school this week because he was worried for her safety. One of her best friends also chose to stay home after hearing an ominous message from another student.
“She was told she was on a kill list,” Fischer said.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Department is investigating that claim. The Mead School District says they prioritize student safety and there is “no threat to students at this time.”
But Fischer and Little say more needs to be done.
“We see the signs. We deal with it according to policy and procedures. Maybe those policies and procedures need to be reevaluated,” said Little.
Fischer says he and Little are turning to “other options” beyond the school to protect their daughters.
“When it comes to death threats and guns, there is no room for error. None,” said Fischer.
Because of Federal Privacy Protection, the school district can't tell us what discipline, if any, they've taken against the student in question. The girls' parents haven't been told either.
The district and the sheriff's office are working together to investigate the most recent allegations, but neither think there's an immediate safety threat.
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