Potential Shooter Threat Cancels Classes at Okinawa Base School

Kubasaki High School at Camp Foster, Okinawa. (Courtesy of DoDEA)
Kubasaki High School at Camp Foster, Okinawa. (Courtesy of DoDEA)

Threatening graffiti sparked fears of a "potential active shooter" at an Okinawa base school and prompted officials to cancel Wednesday morning classes.

The graffiti was found Tuesday in two bathrooms at Kubasaki High School on Camp Foster, Department of Defense Education Activity officials said in a statement posted on Facebook late Tuesday.

"Kubasaki High School officials were notified of a threat of a potential active shooter made on school grounds [Tuesday]," the statement said. "Please know that your child's safety, well-being and security are our number one priority. We take any threat of this nature with the utmost seriousness."

School officials later reported that no threat to students or teachers was found. Classes resumed Wednesday afternoon, though after-school activities were canceled.

Classes will be held as normal Thursday; however, the campus will be closed during lunch.

"There will be an increased security police presence in and around our school [Thursday] to reassure the students, staff and community that the safety of everyone in our school community is our first and foremost priority," officials said.

They pledged to continue working with law enforcement to investigate the threatening messages and to take appropriate action against those responsible.

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