On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 15, school officials received information about a potential violent threat (posted via social media) made against a small and specific group of students at Deer Park High School. Administrators worked in conjunction with the district’s School Resource Deputy and the Spokane County Sheriff’s office to quickly gather as much credible information as possible about the specific nature of the threat. At this time, it is clear that the information posted online originated from outside the Deer Park area – Sheriff’s Deputies have been working with the Spokane Police Dept. to identify the individual or individuals responsible for posting these threats. DPHS Principal Joe Feist sent high school families a brief update via the district’s phone notification system to ensure families knew the district was in close contact with law enforcement and would continue to gather information throughout the night.

Given the information currently available, law enforcement does not believe there is a real or credible threat to students at Deer Park High School or any other students or buildings in Deer Park. We will stay in close contact with the Spokane County Sheriff’s office and the Spokane Police Dept. and pass along new information should it become available. The district plans to have additional law enforcement presence at DPHS and in Deer Park on Wednesday to ensure the safety of students and staff.