16-year-old in custody after note containing threats found at high school

A 16-year-old male student from Sunnyside High School was yesterday (Wednesday) taken into police custody after officials found a document containing threats against other students at the school.

Sunnyside School District officials notified the police just before noon that a document containing threatening language "toward a large group of students at SHS" had been discovered.

The individuals named in the document, say Sunnyside police, have been identified as victims of the threats and were notified by officials.

Sunnyside School District spokesman Curtis Campbell said a letter was also issued to parents, stating the 16-year-old suspect was subjected to an emergency expulsion after he admitted writing the document.

The letter also alerted parents that counselors would be available to the victims, if needed.

"We just want you to be aware of the situation," Curtis told parents, stating there is no further reason to believe anyone is in immediate danger because the suspect is in police custody.

Sunnyside police have requested the suspect be charged with felony harassment and/or threats to do harm. The teen has been transported to the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center.

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said the suspect allegedly made threats of death against specific students and physical harm.

He said the teen doesn't have any known gang ties.


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