Bully React: Lockdown Over at Peninsula School District Office, Kopachuck, Harbor Ridge Middle Schools

Due to a “general threat” received at the Peninsula School District following the bullying incident, officials have placed the two schools and the district office in modified lockdown on Thursday.

A day after the  was reported by local media, the Peninsula School District briefly placed its , and Middle Schools into modified lockdown on Thursday.

The lockdown is now called off.

The district released the following message to Patch:

We received a very general threat via the district website tied to the incident reported in the media yesterday.  As a precaution, we contacted the Pierce County Sheriff’s office who are investigating.  Additionally, we notified all buildings of the threat and placed the two schools most closely tied to the incident, plus the district office, in modified lockdown.  We will continue to work with the Sheriff’s office to assess the situation.

On Wednesday, local news, including Patch, reported on an .

The school district has not confirmed why Harbor Ridge was placed on a lockdown. However, one reader commented on Patch that Rosi would be working at Harbor Ridge this year.

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

Do you have any information regarding the lockdown? Let us know in the comments section.

Mort Martin August 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
He is now on administrative leave
Henry Lingat August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Traveling here in Indiana to see family...guess what...it made the local news here in Evansville, IN
Spring Tart August 31, 2012 at 09:52 PM
In response to Henry, this story has not only traveled across the continent, but also across the pond. It's made news in the UK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2195976/Horrifying-video-shows-teacher-join-class-bullying-13-year-old-throwing-floor-ordeal-left-young-boy-suicidal.html
charlotte September 02, 2012 at 04:06 AM
stop calling it bullying call it by its legal term assault/battery because if it were my kid i wouldnt allow anyone to sugar coat a crime against him/her. it is assault/battery!
SRay September 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
What on Earth does it take for a teacher to get fired in this country !!! I live in North Carolina and found myself so angered and outraged by this story that I feel the need to speak with someone at the school district directly, and I imagine that I'm the tip of the iceberg. "Administrative Leave", seriously ? Please do the right thing, search your conscious, and stop rotating abusive teachers (just like the Catholic church was rotating priests) to other schools - if you think out of sight, out of mind is a solution, then you should search your soul to think over what kind of human being you are, and who you should be.
Parent September 05, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Your right "tip of the iceberg"! If you were actually informed correctly, you would know that the community is rallying behind the teacher. Those that live in this community actually know all parties involved and know what to believe and what not too! So go back to your uninformed headline news and tabloids!
Harborite September 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Sounds to me like the kid was a brat and needed to be taught a lesson, that if you're gonna bug other, it just might backfire. I am sorry for the teacher because his teaching career has probably come to an end, but because he's human, I can understand why he let it happen.
Gig Harbor Mom September 06, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I also live in the community where this happened. The school is well known for bigotry and bullying. The high school that kids in this middle school end up at, had a boy commit suicide from bullying just last year. After having friends transfer their children out, we chose private school. The fact that parents and students are rallying behind this behavior only drives my point home.
Jeanne Gustafson September 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
As a parent, I am mortified that this behavior was permitted in a classroom, and I would say this young man is lucky to have parents who did not just let this drop when met with resistance by the district. I know I would never want my son in an environment--especially school, the only place we entrust adults we don't even know to protect our children--where the teachers encourage and participate in ganging up on one child. Does that warrant threats to the school? No. But should it, and the district's response to the case, be under a microscope? Absolutely, in my opinion. And finally, a good reason young people have cell phones, or no one might ever have known what happened or the teacher's involvement in it.
C December 18, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Tip of the iceberg has it right. You, on the other hand, should be ashamed of yourself. The community is not rallying behind the teacher. I portion of the community who care for the teacher are. However, many of us are absolutely appalled at this incident. If the school doesn't want to fire the teacher, because they're afraid of their union contracts, then they should put him somewhere he's not working with students.
C December 18, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Bratty kids are not taught lessons by having an entire class assault them with the teacher in tow. What in the world has our society come to when a 13 year old kid has to endure abuse in our public schools and people support the teacher siting "a momentary lapse in judgement" and make such ridiculous comments like the kid deserved it. That child deserved to be protected and kept safe. And any adult who suffered from that momentary lapse in judgement shouldn't be allowed to work with children.


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