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Rumor of school threat unfounded


Police and school officials followed up on what they thought was a threat against Lake Roosevelt Schools last Friday.

According to a police report, Vice Principal Paul Turner received a call from a person in Bridgeport who said he had overheard what he thought was a threat against the school. He had attended a volleyball match Thursday evening and recounted to Turner what he overheard between two male students.

Police were called and school personnel locked outer doors to make sure they knew who was in the building.

Meanwhile, security camera recordings from the volleyball game were checked to see if anyone could be seen who matched the description furnished by the Bridgeport caller. The camera had captured persons of interest, one boy was identified and his parents were called.

After talking with the youth, it was determined that the boy had a girlfriend on the volleyball team, and that the discussion he was having after the game was about his efforts to talk to the girl during the match, which the coach would not allow.

He denied making any threats, and the other person in the conversation, contacted separately by police, confirmed that no threats had been made.

A check of the boy’s locker produced a backpack that had only homework in it.

School officials sent home a note and posted on Facebook explaining the situation to parents.

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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