'Joke' puts high school into lockdown - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'Joke' puts high school into lockdown

Student is taken into custody Student is taken into custody

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School student found himself in serious hot water Wednesday morning after he sent the school into lockdown status by telling a teacher he had been hired to kill her.

The 16-year-old later told deputies his actions were meant to be a joke.

The incident began about 8:40 a.m. when the male student entered a classroom with his hands extended as if clasping a pistol. When he confronted the teacher with the death threat, she ran from the classroom and he walked out after her.

The incident was reported to 911 and a dozen deputies, some from as far as the Spokane Valley, began driving to the school with emergency lights and sirens.

The first deputy on scene, David Trautman, obtained the suspect's description from students who remained in the classroom.  Although the description turned out to be somewhat inaccurate, he located the suspect in a hallway about 8:59 and took him into custody. 

No weapon was found.

In the interim, the school was placed into lockdown status and school buses were diverted away from the high school. Arriving students were locked outside per lockdown policy, and an empty bus was stationed as a warming shelter for them until the emergency passed.

The lockdown was lifted at 9:02 a.m., but investigation into the matter was still ongoing.

The student has been booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on a Harassment - Threats to Kill charge.

- Spokane County Sheriff

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