False reports of school shootings across western Washington caused ‘tremendous’ amount of stress

There are seven false reports of school shootings across western Washington.

WASHINGTON, USA — Students across western Washington are faced with another startling reality as false rumors spread about school shootings from Bellingham to Tacoma on Tuesday.

“When you have so many incidents of going wrong without a gun, you still get scared because you know it’s a possibility you have to worry about and it shouldn’t happen,” said Safiya Warsame, a sophomore at the high school. study Franklin, said.

Safiya and Junior, Natalya McConnell helped organize a Seattle Student Union protest last week on the steps of City Hall following the fatal shooting of Ingraham High School student Ebenezer Haile. Franklin High School isn’t one of the battered schools, but it’s still close to home.

“It shouldn’t be near our community, it shouldn’t be in our schools, we’re here to get an education, we’re not here to be killed,” McConnell said.

Affected schools are Rochester High School in Thurston, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Marysville Getchell High School, Mount Vernon High School, Sedro-Woolley High School, Sehome High School in Bellingham and Blaine High School .

Marissa Randazzo, Executive Director of Threat Management at Ontic, said: “False reports of school shootings cause enormous stress not only for students but also for teachers, staff, and parents. Parents and law enforcement are responding. She said it was unusual for there to be so many false reports.

“If law enforcement were really responding to a school shooting, they would take their special forces out, they would treat it as if they had to enter the school immediately and assume that there’s a shooting going on,” Randazzo said.

These are serious crimes with punishment based on intent and outcome. Anyone who makes a false report could face up to 10 years in prison.

Students told KING 5 that there is a need for more mental health counselors in schools, and they are optimistic about the $4 million mental health resource Seattle City Council recently commissioned. allocated in their budgets.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/crime/false-reports-school-shootings-western-washington/281-7176cb28-b9f9-46fc-956d-4f80123c6189 False reports of school shootings across western Washington caused ‘tremendous’ amount of stress

Edmund DeMarche

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