Honolulu police were called to Central Middle School in downtown Honolulu Tuesday morning.
Both police and the Department of Education aren’t saying much about the incident, only that they are both investigating.
The DOE did call this an isolated incident, and HPD told KHON2 it involves a juvenile.
The department says anytime there is a threat at school, parents are notified after the principal launches a school investigation. In some cases like this one, police are called.
“The best thing I can do is I teach them if there is ever a threat, that you listen to the teacher,” said parent Megan Clark.
What is supposed to happen when a school or teacher receives a threat?
The Department of Education says an investigation is launched and due to security reasons, officials don’t reveal the details of the protocol.
When asked about the policy, schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said, “I’m confident that the principals are fully aware of what they need to do in that situation.”
In an email, a Department of Education spokeswoman said investigations determine disciplinary actions, but they don’t share information regarding a student.
KHON2 learned that a principal may remove a student if there is a clear immediate threat, but the student may be allowed to return as soon as the crisis no longer exists.
Matayoshi says anytime there is an incident on any school campus, they keep a record of student discipline.