Bathroom wall threat caused a scare at Beaver Lake Middle School
February 6, 2013
Beaver Lake Middle School’s security was heightened Jan. 23 when a custodian there found a threat on the wall of the boys’ restroom.
With the help of police, school authorities determined a low probability of immediate danger for students and staff. However, campus was secured with extra officers.
The student has been identified and placed in police custody. No weapons or any other evidence that would lend credence to the threats were found in the suspect’s possession.
The school’s principal, Stacy Cho, sent a letter to the Beaver Lake community in which she shared the building’s protocol for such a situation.
“The student who has made a threat at school is emergency expelled, and that does not end until trained medical professionals give clearance. We do not make that determination as a school. Once the student is stable and not perceived to be a risk, then we will discuss next steps with the family. Our main goal is to keep all students safe and ensure that the individual student that made the threat is getting support. In this situation, we are continuing to work closely with the authorities, and I am confident the BLMS staff is doing their utmost to keep your children safe.”
Beaver Lake has been making security changes since January, which includes locking the external wing doors during the school day. Cho also explained that while her staff is already trained to respond to emergency situations, they also plan to spend time focusing on the mental health of their students.
As well, the school is working with Friends of Youth to build awareness about warning signs.