Max Browne, the USC Trojans’ prized quarterback commit in the Class of 2013 won’t be attending classes at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington today, after the school has cancelled classes over threats of a shooting spree by a student.
The threats, as reported by King 5 News in Seattle early this morning, involve the apparent shooter taking aim at privileged peers, targeting athletes in particular. Here’s an excerpt, via King 5:
The people at that school use their wealth and social status to act superior to others and they think it makes them better. The biggest offender at the school would be the jocks. I am going to start killing them first because they deserve it the most.
The threat made the rounds on the Internet, further exploiting the power of social media among the youth.
In a time when violence in schools seems regrettably commonplace, seeing a school take hold on the situation and react with the best interest of its students is a step in the right direction, and an attempt at prevention that other situations might not have had.
The person behind the threats remains unknown, as is whether or not Max Browne, the school’s most high profile student, would be specifically targeted.