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Threat against employee cancels classes at Mt. Baker High School

A screenshot from the Mount Baker School District website Monday morning, July 10, 2017, when summer classes were canceled due to an unexplained emergency.
A screenshot from the Mount Baker School District website Monday morning, July 10, 2017, when summer classes were canceled due to an unexplained emergency. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A threat against a school employee canceled summer classes Monday at Mount Baker High School.

School officials learned of the threat Monday morning, and almost immediately decided to cancel classes, said Charles Burleigh, the district superintendent. Burleigh declined to discuss the nature of the threat or how it was received, deferring to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Jeff Parks said a note was discovered in one of the school’s offices on campus: It was a targeted threat against a specific employee, not the school. Parks declined to specify if the employee was a teacher or an administrator.

He also declined to go into further detail about the note or its content.

Monday the district posted a one-sentence alert on its website: “Due to a circumstance on campus which is being investigated, summer school is closed today, July 10th.”

The vague post remained the only information released in the morning about the closure, until Burleigh spoke with The Bellingham Herald around noon. A news release was emailed by the sheriff’s office in the afternoon.

Meanwhile students arriving for summer classes were turned away. About 150 students – ranging in grades from elementary to senior high – are enrolled in programs this summer on the Mount Baker High School campus, 4936 Deming Road, in Deming.

Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the threat. No arrests have been made.

Classes will resume Tuesday, according to the school district’s website.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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