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18-year-old Juanita High School student held on $99K bail after allegedly threatening classmates

Kirkland police said they received several reports of online threats of violence Sunday afternoon that included a photo of a firearm.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — A Juanita High School student was arrested for allegedly posting threats directed at his classmates on Sunday.

Despite the arrest, the school was closed Monday as a precaution.

The 18-year-old suspect had his first court appearance Monday. A judge ordered that he remain in custody for now, setting bail at $99,000. If bail is posted, electronic home monitoring of the suspect would be required at a home with no guns. 

Additionally, a temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order was granted, prohibiting the suspect from possessing firearms. The order will be in place for approximately two weeks - until another court appearance about the order.

Kirkland police said they received several reports of online threats of violence Sunday afternoon that included a photo of a firearm. 

The threats, which were also reported to the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), were allegedly going to be carried out at the high school this week, according to police.

Police said they arrested the suspect, a senior at the school, without incident.

The suspect was booked into the Kirkland jail on several counts of harassment. He is banned from going onto any LWSD-owned properties and his parents said he won't have access to any firearms.

The district sent a letter to families that read in part, "We greatly appreciate the students and community members that provided information related to the threats of violence."

It goes on to say that LWSD is actively monitoring its tip line and collaboration with Kirkland police will continue moving forward.

The district plans to have extra patrols on school campuses this week. 

The suspect's next court appearance will likely be next week.

The arrest comes amid a time of high tension and concern, following a number of mass shootings including one at an elementary school in Texas that left 19 students and two adults dead. 

On June 4, Tacoma police reported June 4 they had made five arrests since May for students who brought guns onto campus. In Blaine, classes were canceled several days after a number of threats the student later said were a prank.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about what to do if they feel unsafe at school or to call 911 if they hear about any threats or see a weapon.

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