Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., closed its doors today after a threat was discovered on the website 4chan’s infamous and popular forum /b/. The anonymous user posted a picture of a gun and boasted, “tomorrow i am going to be taking my father’s erma smg (pic related) and i am going to open fire on the people in the commons.”
Reddit user Pooptopsicles (yes, I know) shared a screen cap (below) of the original thread:
Some have speculated that the threat was a hoax. Redditor eXXaXion notes that the photograph contains no time-stamp with which to verify the fact that that gun is, in fact, the OP’s father’s. Moreover, there is some debate over whether the gun pictured is, in fact, the kind of gun to which the OP claimed to have access (an Erma SMG).
Redditor dHUMANb observes the similarities between this post and another from last year threatening Meadowdale High School, also in Washington.
Sammamish police and the King’s County sheriff’s department are investigating the threat. 4chan, and /b/ in particular, has a reputation for being the seedy underbelly of the internet. But the site’s users are fickle, as threads like this one show. Here’s hoping they can help crack the case.
And here’s hoping Pooptopsicles appears on CNN using only his Reddit handle.