The Hawai`i Police Department responded to a report of a threatening message written on a bathroom wall at the Waiakea High School on Wednesday.
Police officials say that school authorities reported finding a written message at about 1:50 p.m. and reported the finding to HPD. The message threatens shooting the school with a date of March 5.
No one was directly mentioned in the threat which remains very broad in scope, per HPD.
The message was hidden behind the stall door and scribed on the stall wall. It is not determined when the message was written. Police are taking the threat seriously, as is the school and certain measures for Thursday will be in place to prevent any trouble.
“Currently, there are no suspects,” reads a HPD media release. “The school has no plans to close tomorrow and parents should expect an increased police presence at the school with the goal of keeping our children safe.
“Any threat made toward any school, person, or entity is taken seriously and the police caution that these kinds of messages are unacceptable and bring with it state and federal laws that are prosecutable with such a threat.”
Police say social media postings about the message are concerning.
“All social media does in these circumstances is bring popularity to the message, which should be discouraged, since it threatens our children at the school,” said South Hilo Patrol Captain Kenneth Quiocho. “The school should be a safe environment for our keiki, but people like this threaten that environment and we will not stand for that.”
Police are asking anyone with information on this matter to call police, or Crime Stoppers 961-8300 where the caller can remain anonymous.
The matter remains under investigation by police and school authorities.