Updated at 4:41 p.m. Monday with more details from police, letter sent home to Meadowdale High School families.
Lynnwood police are investigating reports of a possible suspect with a firearm at Meadowdale Neighborhood Park, which caused a brief lockdown at Meadowdale High School Monday morning.
Police said they determined that the display of the firearm occurred earlier in the morning at Meadowdale Neighborhood Park, which is located adjacent to the high school.
“Police interviewed two individuals who were at the park when the incident took place,” Commander Sean Doty said. “One of these individuals said the person who displayed the firearm made a threatening comment. A social media post also suggested a possible threat to the campus.”
Authorities conducted a search of the park and the campus but did not locate the individual purported to have displayed the firearm, Doty said. “Out of an abundance of caution, the high school was placed into lock-down for a brief period while authorities conducted these searches,” he added.
Edmonds police assisted in responding to the incident Monday morning.
The school resource officer assigned to Meadowdale High School and detectives are working to identify the individual who displayed the firearm as well as following up on the social media posts. If anyone has any additional information, contact the Lynnwood Police Department at 425-670-5600.
Here’s the letter that the Edmonds School District sent to families regarding the incident:
Dear families and staff,
We wanted to provide you more information following a lockdown at Meadowdale High School earlier today.
The school went into lockdown at approximately 10 a.m. today following a nearby police investigation. Lynnwood Police were following up on a report that someone displayed a firearm at Meadowdale Neighborhood Park, which is adjacent to the school.
At the same time as the police investigation, school officials were made aware of a social media post that indicated a potential threat to the campus. Out of an abundance of caution, the school went into lockdown.
Police searched the nearby park and the school campus and did not locate a suspect. Police did identify and question a person suspected of posting a threat to campus on social media. It is not known at this time if the incidents are related.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., school officials and the Lynnwood Police Department determined it was safe to resume normal operations at Meadowdale High School.
Police are continuing to investigate both incidents and there are extra police officers on campus for the rest of the day. All after school activities will operate as normal.
Emergency vehicles were parked in the Beverly Elementary School parking lot during the lockdown as a precautionary measure.
If anyone has additional information regarding these two incidents, they are encouraged to contact Principal Dave Shockley.
School safety is a top priority. We commend and thank our students and staff for staying calm and behaving well during the lockdown. We understand that an incident such as this can be unsettling for all involved so we want you to know that counseling support is available. We appreciate the Lynnwood Police Department for their work to ensure student safety during this incident today.
Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab and Principal Dave Shockley