As of Wednesday, March 7, 2018
SUNNYSIDE Schools throughout the Lower Yakima Valley were on high alert and conducted lockdowns the week of Feb. 26 due to threats made against them.
One threat, against Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Wally Shearer, resulted in the Feb. 28 arrest of Ian Padilla, 15, of Sunnyside, Yakima County Juvenile Prosecutor Nick Barrett said yesterday.
The day prior, the high school responded to a social media threat with a lockout.
Barrett said the teen arrested in connection to that incident was Richard Sanchez, 15, of Sunnyside.
Both teens face felony harassment charges.
Another threat against Zillah Middle School on March 1 did not result in a lockout or lockdown because school was not in session that day.
However, police investigated the threat and arrested Randall Jake, 14, of Zillah, in connection with the “potential bomb threat.”
He, too, is facing a felony harassment charge.
Four other teenagers were arrested and charged last week for threats against Grandview High School.