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Mary Walker School District opens after juvenile arrested for threats

SPRINGDALE, Wash. - UPDATE: The juvenile accused of making threats towards the Mary Walker School District appeared in Stevens County Court on Monday. He's currently charged with Intimidation of a Witness.

A town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Mary Walker school auditorium to discuss the recent threats and what's being done about it. Everyone is invited to attend.

The boy is scheduled to be back in court next Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Mary Walker School District faces safety concerns for the second time this month. On Sunday, the district notified parents and students that all activities and classes were canceled across the district Monday after a security threat. 

According to an official release from the district, over the weekend, a student made "general threats against the district via electronic communication." School officials detail that the threats were turned over to law enforcement. According to the release, the student in question was apprehended and placed into custody by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.

The full official statement read:

"The Mary Walker School District will be open and school will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st.  As you are aware, we became aware of a safety concern over the weekend that resulted in school being closed today.  A student made general threats against the District via electronic communication, which was turned over to law enforcement.  The student at issue was apprehended and placed into custody.  We worked closely with the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office through this issue and wish to thank them for their concerted efforts to help us ensure student safety.  We have planned a community forum for Wednesday at 6pm with representatives from the Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Offices to address the public and answer questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to resolve this difficult issue."

There is a community forum planned at the Mary Walker High School auditorium Wednesday at 6 p.m. Law enforcement and school officials will be there to address and answer any questions the public has, according to Mary Walker Interim Superintendent Rick Winters.

Classes will resume on a regular schedule Tuesday. Freshman Noah Howder said he's glad the school canceled class to make sure all students were safe.

"It's a small town so I didn't really think it was going to happen here. But, I wouldn't want to go with the threat," Howder said. 

Earlier this month, the district was put on look-down after a student brought an airsoft gun to school. 
 


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