Classes at University High School canceled by threat

<p><p>Classes at University High School were canceled Friday as police investigated a “potential threat” posted on social media. </p></p><p><p>The Spokane Valley Police Department was notified of the threat Thursday night and detectives are investigating, said Chief Dave Ellis.</p></p><p><p>“We are aware of the situation and we had additional staff at the school right now,” Ellis said Friday morning.</p></p><p><p>However, Ellis said he doesn’t believe the person who made the threat is at the school.</p></p><p><p>“Spokane Valley Deputies and the University High School resource deputy are working to identify and locate the person who posted a threat toward University High School on social media,” the police department said in a statement. “We are working closely with school administrators as this investigation continues.”</p></p><p><p>The school district sent a text alert to families of the threat early Friday morning, said Marla Nunberg, communications director at the Central Valley School District.</p></p><p><p>Families also were notified that classes would be delayed by two hours. However, as the investigation continued, the district opted to cancel classes.</p></p><p><p>Students and parents will be updated as the investigation proceeds, Nunberg said.</p></p><p><p>All other schools in the district were expected to start on time, she said.</p></p><p><p>Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 or contact University High School resource deputy Skye Ortiz.</p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”><em>This report will be updated.</em></span></p></p>