Kalani High School increases campus security following threat

Kalani High School increases campus security following threat

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are investigating a threat made Tuesday at Kalani High School. School officials said extra security -- both uniformed and plainclothes officers -- will be on campus on Wednesday.

"This is a threat, but it is being taken seriously and our emergency protocols were activated immediately today," Principal Mitchell Otani said in a letter to parents.

Sources told Hawaii News Now on Wednesday that the threat involved a possibly bullied student who responded with telephone threats of violence against one or more students on campus.  

Parents said that up to eight police cars were sent to the high school on Tuesday and many say they received automated calls from the school warning them.

"I was in a semi-state of panic, worried about whether to send my daughter to school," said David Terada, whose daughter attends Kalani.

Ryan Kobayashi, also a school parent, added:

"It's concerning knowing what happened on the mainland these past years," he said.

Some parents said the warning was not enough.

"I tried contacting the school, couldn't get through. Tried contacting the DOE, same thing ... very frustrating, very frustrating," Terada said.

"The first thing any parent worries about is the safety of their children and I felt this message should have gone out a lot earlier."

DOE officials are letting parents decide if they want to send their children to school on Wednesday.

"I'll definitely be on my phone. I'll be at work but I'll make myself available," Kobayashi said.

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