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Man arrested after threatening note found at Parkland high school

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 18, 2012 at 11:33 am |
May 18, 2012 11:33 am

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 27-year-old man suspected of leaving a threatening note outside a Parkland high school this morning, prompting a lockdown at the school.

A staff member found the note taped to the front door of Washington High School, 12420 Ainsworth Ave. S., this morning. The note made references to a Columbine-style attack at the school, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The school – as well as neighboring Keithley Middle School – went into a precautionary lockdown as deputies investigated.

Deputies identified the 27-year-old man, a former student at the school, as the likely author of the note. Deputies found the man in the Lakewood area and arrested him, Troyer said.

The lockdowns were then lifted.

“It didn’t take long to get him caught and in custody,” Troyer said. “The kids in the school were never in any danger.”

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