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Additional information about Sehome lockdown on Nov. 22

A Message from Sehome Principal Sonia Cole

Dear Sehome families, staff and students,

Thank you for your patience today. I want to share some additional information regarding the lockdown at Sehome today, Tuesday, Nov. 22.

At 10:10 we had several police officers come at the school and I met them outside. They had received reports of shots fired in a classroom. These claims were absolutely false. Apparently, we are hearing that these false reports are being shared about other high schools in other districts.

As soon as we connected with police, we went into a lockdown. I am so appreciative of the Bellingham Police Department as well as officers from Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Western Washington University police for their quick response today. Members of the Bellingham Fire Department also showed up and staff from public works blocked the surrounding roads to help.

In coordination with the police, we ended the lockdown just a few minutes later.

While emotions were running high today, I want to take a moment to thank our incredible staff, students and families for your calm and understanding.

As a reminder, please do not come to the building when we are on a lockdown. We need the parking lot clear and having additional people on site creates a more chaotic environment.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

With gratitude,

Sonia Cole

Principal, Sehome High School