School: Frustrated parent posts alarming Facebook message
CAMAS, Wash. - Frustrated after a Tuesday basketball game between the Camas and Skyview boys teams, a parent posted a message on Facebook, saying "I hope someone shoots up the (Camas) school real soon."
Notified by the school, police are now investigating the parent, officials said Wednesday.
The man, identified as a parent of a Skyview High School player, posted the Facebook status update sometime after the Tuesday evening game.
The post followed a confrontation between the man and a group of students as he was leaving the gym, said Josh Gibson, Camas School District's athletic director.
"He flipped kids off. He had some negative reaction" about the game, Gibson said. "Exactly what is said, we don't know."
After the game, when most of the players were outside or in the locker room, a parent showed Gibson the post on a phone.
The post said: "Camas fans!!!!! Worst in the league!!!!! I hope someone shoots up their school real soon!!!!!!!!"
Gibson said Camas police, Vancouver Public Schools and the Clark County Sheriff's Office are all taking part in deciding how to best handle the situation.
Deputies interviewed the man and his son on Wednesday and they both gave statements, said Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Fred Neiman.
It's not yet clear if the parent will face any charges.
Neiman said he anticipates some type of action would be taken.
"We in law enforcement cannot afford to ignore them," Neiman said regarding references to shootings.
Gibson said the situation was especially alarming in light of the recent shootings across the nation.
"I think when you look at the things that have been going on recently with shootings, I think that it's just unfortunate that a comment like that is thrown out," he said. "There's an emotional response to it."