close-up hand using phone in night time on street

close-up hand using phone in night time on street

Northshore student posts threatening photo to social media; district steps in

A Northshore School District student posted a threatening photo seemingly directed toward Muslim families in the district.

A student in the Northshore School District (NSD) recently posted a threatening photo to social media that was, seemingly, directed toward the Muslim families in the district.

An email from NSD superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid was sent out to parents and families the night of April 24.

According to the email, the post has been removed from social media.

“The post was hateful and offensive, and our administrative team has taken immediate action. As we take these threats seriously, we have contacted the local authorities and filed a police report,” Reid said in the email. “In addition, we have contacted the family of the student and the image has been removed. We reported the post to the social media platform as hate speech.”

Reid assured the email recipients that the district is taking appropriate action and the student will not return to campus until a full investigation is completed.

Reid also wrote that she was saddened to have to repeat that hate speech and actions will not be tolerated in the district.

“There is simply no place for it,” she wrote in the email. “And if it occurs, we will respond accordingly.”

Reid told families that the district wants to be a place where every member of the community feels safe, respected and welcome.

“We value each of our students, our families, our staff, and community members. I want to send my deepest regrets to our Muslim families as this incident does not represent our values and beliefs as a school district,” she wrote.

To learn more about the district’s policies regarding harassment, intimidation and bullying, visit the district website.

A copy of Reid’s email was posted to the closed NSD Discussion Group on Facebook, on which several NSD parents and families commented.

Maha Yehia, a Bothell resident said she believes the incident should be addressed in a different way.

“As a [Muslim woman], reading this email, I felt like this incident should be addressed in a different way. After all, this is a kid who has the wrong ideas and thoughts. [They] shouldn’t be punished, [they] should be taught and corrected,” she wrote on the Facebook page. “Punishment will make [them] more angry and more convicted that [they] are right.”

Yehia said she recommends the student meet some Muslim families or even spend a day with them and/or the student and their family visit a mosque as part of a correction act.

The Reporter reached out to the communications department for the district, but was unable to obtain any additional information.

More in News

Tasting room proposal could redefine alcohol production in King County

Pilot program would benefit wineries, breweries and distilleries. Several farmers are concerned.

Driver who intentionally hit Bothell pedestrians given jail time

Striking two with Camry leads to 14-year sentence.

Bothell state rep gets Democrats’ nod for Senate appointment

Derek Stanford was the party’s top choice to fill an opening left when Guy Palumbo resigned.

Talks will continue on combining Northshore Fire Department with others

Plan will be formulated for joining Woodinville, Shoreline and Northshore fire departments.

90-day notice required for rent increases in Kenmore

Manufactured housing communities will continue to have different standards, per state law.

In a 2015 report from the Washington State Department of Ecology, King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill received 53,739 tons of of plastic bags and wrap from housing and commercial sources alone. File photo/Sound Publishing
No good solution to the plastics problem

Plastic is piling up everywhere from King County to ocean floors, and humans keep making more.

Bothell City Hall. Katie Metzger/staff photo
Bothell recognizes Pride for the first time

The city joins several other Eastside cities in recognizing the month.

NSD held a dedication ceremony for the district’s newly installed Veterans Memorial on May 27. Madison Miller / staff photo
NSD unveils Veterans Memorial at dedication ceremony

The Veterans Memorial honors alumni who died while serving in the military.

Most Read