SK High classes canceled after shooting threats

Classes for May 14 have been canceled at South Kitsap High School while law enforcement and the school district investigate a series of social media threats regarding a potential school shooting.

A May 12 statement from SK High principal Dave Goodwin said the district became aware of a situation the day prior. A “vague screenshot” of Snapchat messages was received by some students stating guns were going to be brought to school, and students should decide if they would come to school or stay home.

A student who sent out the screenshot message was among those contacted by police. Law enforcement described it as a “telephone game” due to the amount of speculation and rumors received.

“This was still valuable information however, because it gave us some context and a focus for our investigation into this matter last night and today,” Goodwin added.

Port Orchard police were made aware of the initial posts. Law enforcement was on school grounds May 13 to investigate while ensuring student and employee safety.

That afternoon police say a new series of postings began circulating on social media.

“Out of an abundance of caution,” a message from the SKSD to families confirmed the cancellation of classes.