Eight high schools in various parts of Washington—including White Salmon—and Oregon were recently the victims of a cruel hoax that put students and staff in fear for their lives.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 10, eight high schools received an active shooter threat and were put into secure lockdown. Every student, staff, and citizen near the schools held their breath, waiting for hours on end to hear gunshots that never came. The calls were fake, but the intent behind them is the true culprit that has yet to be uncovered.