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Medical Lake High School Student Arrested For Racial Threats

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash.. - A 17-year-old Medical Lake High School student was arrested Thursday after school officials and a sheriff's deputy determined he had been threatening another male student with threats of harm that were racially motivated.

Deputy Brian Lawler said that he was called by the high school's vice principal Thursday who explained that she was "emergency expelling" the suspect for calling another black male student a racially-derogative name.

She requested Lawler's assistance in removing the suspect from school property. The deputy responded to assist, but also contacted the victim student to get his version of events.

The victim and witnesses said the suspect had repeatedly used the racial slurs while speaking with the victim, and had shown him a picture of a hooded Ku Klux Klansman hanging President Obama. The victim told Lawler that he felt threatened by the suspect's actions and was fearful they could be carried out.

Lawler arrested the 17-year-old suspect for Malicious Harassment, a felony, and booked him into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.

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