Threats Found at Local Schools
The Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested a suspect who allegedly wrote graffiti on a bathroom wall at Alameda High School (AHS) threatening violence against Muslim students.
The suspect was arrested at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, March 16, the same day the graffiti was first discovered, according to APD reports. Description of the suspect was withheld. The suspect was charged with a hate crime.
The AHS threat said violence would take place Tuesday, March 20. Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) decided not to close the school due to the arrest made Friday. AHS Principal Robert Ithurburn sent an email to parents describing the threat and reached out to the school’s Muslim Student Union to give them a chance to talk about the threat, according to AUSD Superintendent Sean McPhetridge.
There was also a similar graffiti threat of violence at Island High School (IHS) the same day. The IHS threat said violence would take place at noon that day.
“Because the threat seemed imminent and there was not enough time to fully investigate, AUSD placed the students at IHS and Woodstock Child Development Center (WCDC) in a shelter in place,” wrote McPhetridge in a letter to the community.
APD and IHS staff are continuing their investigations of that incident.
The threats came on the heels of the National Walkout Day on Wednesday, March 14. Thousands of Alameda students participated in student-led vigils on their campuses to honor the 17 victims in the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Students then marched to Washington Park for a student-run rally.
There will be an unrelated Gun Violence Awareness event tomorrow at College of Alameda from 6 to 8 p.m. A discussion will be had about the root causes of gun violence and how it manifests itself through politics and racial inequality.