The following letter was sent by the Superintendent to parents following the incident in Redmond this morning:
Dear LWSD Parents/Guardians,
We want to make you aware of a situation in the Dickinson Elementary parking lot this morning that is being covered by media. Dickinson is one of our schools in Redmond.
Dickinson Elementary School and Explorer Community School are closed today, as prior to the start of school this morning, a two-liter bottle exploded in the parking lot of Dickinson Elementary. A bus driver was walking past the bottle when it exploded and may have been exposed to the fumes and was hit by something that came out of the bottle. The driver was sent to the hospital to be checked out. There were no serious injuries. No students were nearby or injured. There is no property damage. For a short time, Evergreen Middle School was in modified lockdown due to the nearby police activity.
Students and parents may be hearing rumors about this situation. I want you to have accurate information and ask that you:
1. Be aware of this situation. We have zero reason to believe that any more of these bottles would be on any other campus. This situation is a good reminder for all of us to be mindful of our surroundings and to report anything suspicious.
2. Correct any rumors that you hear from students or other sources.
The police are still actively investigating this situation. If you have any information that you think would be helpful, please share that information with your school principal.
Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District