Newcastle Police Investigate Risdon Middle School Threat
Posted on 02/03/2020

Today, shortly after 7 a.m., Newcastle Police Officers responded to Risdon Middle School, located in the City of Newcastle, after office staff called to report they had received multiple threatening phone calls over the weekend making reference to some school violence. When NPD officers arrived, office staff shared three messages with us that they had received on their office line.

The messages, all less than 10 seconds in length, made references to telling people not to come to school today (Monday, Feb. 3) and one of the messages referenced “shooting up the place.” There were no specific students or faculty mentioned. All three messages appeared to have come from the same person. The voice sounded like that of a teenager.

NPD takes this and all types of threats very seriously and we are diligently working in partnership with the Renton School District to identify the suspect in this incident. If identified, that person(s) will face felony charges for their actions.

All officers with NPD have taken specialized training to respond to acts of violence at schools and workplaces, and all have specialized equipment to respond to these types of incidents.

In the meantime, officers from NPD are and will remain at Risdon and other schools in the area out of an overabundance of caution for the safety of the students and faculty.

Anyone with information on who made these phone calls is asked to call the Newcastle Police Department at 206-296-3311 or 911 if it is an emergency.

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