Bothell High School closed its doors for remote learning Thursday, Dec. 2, after graffiti found in a bathroom threatened violence against the school.  

Northshore School District contacted law enforcement immediately about the anonymous threat, according to a letter from NSD Superintendent Michelle Reid. 

Bothell Police Department as well as the district’s safety and security staff will continue to investigate the threat, the letter states. Police officers conducted a full sweep of the high school campus after more threats were found on social media the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 1.  

There is no formal instruction Dec. 2. Instead, Reid said, staff members will hold office hours over Zoom to offer educational support. Students are expected to return to classrooms for instruction Friday, Dec. 3. 

“I want to directly address the individual(s) who wrote the threatening message and those who may know who did it,” Reid wrote. “If this message was meant as a call for help, threatening anyone, let alone an entire school population is not the way. We have counselors and school staff ready to provide support as appropriate. The first step is coming forward.” 

Reid went on to write that if a student has an issue with anyone in the school, there are resources to help resolve the problem.  

“If it was meant as a joke, these types of threats are not a laughing matter and will be taken seriously,” she continued. “Your school community is counting on you to provide information immediately if you have it.” 

The district encourages parents, students or guardians with information about the incident to report it immediately to the Bothell Police Department. The nonemergency phone number is 425-486-1254, which is monitored 24 hours a day.  

Students can reach out to the school administration or the school resource officer Garrett Ware, the letter states. The NSD 24-hour Safe Schools Alert System can also be used by calling or texting 885-521-2665, or visiting the website at

“We understand that events such as this can cause anxiety in our students,” Reid wrote. “If your student expresses any anxieties or you feel your student needs someone to talk to, we will have counselors available when students return to school.” 

NSD will provide updates as more information surfaces. 

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