Search for KHS threat perp continues

Posted on Jan 13 2020


The Department of Public Safety is still looking for the individual who sent out an email last week through a student email threatening to bring a gun and shoot people at Kagman High School.

DPS spokesperson Dre Pangelinan said last Friday that the KHS case is still under investigation and he is urging anyone who might have an information on who the perpetrator is to come forward and share any details that could help the case.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, DPS received a 911 call from Kagman High School main office around 10:27am last Wednesday reporting an email threat sent to the school.

At about 10:30am, police officers met with Kagman High principal Leila Staffler, who showed officers that an email was sent to her school email address from a student’s email address.

The principal met with the student who owned the email address and that student denied sending the email. Upon further investigation, it was found that the student was transitioning to another class at the time when the email was sent. It is now believed that the student may have left his/her email account logged in at one of the school’s computers and another student may have gone online using the logged-in account.

The school was later searched for weapons and, after finding nothing, the school was cleared at approximately 12pm.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said that threats, especially of that severity, are not taken lightly and the perpetrator will face major consequences like expulsion, if it was a student.

The case remains ongoing and if you have any information on this incident, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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