Students at Boise’s West Junior High were kept inside as a “shelter in place” precaution for about half an hour late Thursday morning while Boise police investigated a threat at adjacent Frank Church High School, school officials and police report.
Frank Church High Principal Derek Gardner sent this message to students’ parents:
“We want to notify you that today we investigated a report of a threat made to our school. Please know at no time was there any danger to our school, staff or students. We were able to secure our perimeter and our School Resource Officer resolved the incident quickly,” Gardner wrote.
West Junior High Principal Janet Cherry sent a similar email to parents, saying students were “in Shelter in Place” for about 30 minutes, and “at no time were any students in danger.”
Boise School District spokesman Dan Hollar said the Frank Church student who made the threat was quickly taken into custody, and when officials notified other schools, West put in a brief “shelter in place” order. The student had no weapons or other way to carry out his threat, and he faces disciplinary action from the school, Hollar said. The student will not be allowed back into school until a “threat assessment team” has met on the case, he said.
Boise police confirmed they investigated a “potential threat” at Frank Church High. Spokeswoman Haley Williams said no arrests were made, but information will be forwarded to a prosecutor for possible action. “
Both West and Frank Church schools are located in the 8000 block of West Salt Creek Court near West Victory and South Maple Grove Roads.