Area high school closes for day following anonymous threat

BELLEVUE -- Interlake High School in Bellevue was shut down Friday following a veiled, anonymous threat, police said.

Police began investigating internet rumors of a shooting at the school around 9 a.m. The school was briefly locked down.

Police later said nothing was found and no threat had been carried out. Still, classes were canceled for the day.

The school district released the following note instructing parents on how and where to pick up their children following the closure:

Lockdown at Interlake High School

Updated 2/27/2014 at 10:03am
Thank you for your patience. All Interlake High students and staff are safe. At this time the District and the Bellevue Police Department have made the decision to close Interlake High for the remainder of the school day and to release students.

Students will be released as follows:

  • Students who utilize Metro or are picked up by parents/guardians will be bused to Highland Middle School.  Students that take Metro will then get on a Metro bus from Highland to home.  Students that are typically picked up by a parent/guardian will be picked up by the parent/guardian or an individual on the emergency contact at Highland.

  • Students who drive a personal vehicle will be escorted to the parking lot and allowed to leave campus.

  • Students who walk home will be escorted off campus and allowed to walk home.

  • Students enrolled in the Transition or PACIFIC programs will be bused to Highland and parents will be contacted.

Parents and guardians at this time should NOT arrive to Interlake High School to pick up a student.  Instead, if picking up a student, the parent should report to Highland Middle School, located at 15027 NE Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.

We anticipate that releasing students will be a slow process as classrooms will be released one at a time.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.