Police investigating Instagram threat to more than 20 high school students

STANWOOD, Wash. -- Police are investigating a threatening Instagram message that was sent to about 20 Stanwood High School students Monday.

The message was posted anonymously on the popular social media site, sheriff's deputies said.

Q13 FOX News was alerted to the threat early Tuesday morning from a parent of a student at the school. The parent sent an alleged screen shot of the message, which pictured around 20 students at the school accompanied with the text "I hate you all. I try to talk to you and be friends with you but you all ignore me. You all will face me and you'll be sorry. Car*** tu todo."

The authenticity of the screen shot sent to Q13 FOX was not confirmed by police.

A sheriff's deputy was placed at the high school Tuesday at the request of the Stanwood School District to insure increased security.  School was still in session.

High school officials sent a letter home to parents notifying them of the threatening message:

March 3, 2015


Several parents/guardians have contacted the school concerned about a recent Instagram message received by some students. SHS/LHHS administrators in collaboration with the Stanwood Police Department are investigating the incident.

Anytime we receive reports of threats to students – even if they are only implied threats – we adhere to the district and school protocol, which includes determining the source and validity of the threat.

Our priority is, as always, the physical and emotional safety of our students. To that end, we have asked the Sheriff’s Office for a deputy to be on campus, in addition to our School Resource Officer, to reinforce campus security today and tomorrow. This will continue if necessary.

If you as a parent would be more comfortable having your child come home today or keeping your child home tomorrow, please contact the school to make arrangements.

This story will be updated as more information will be available.