Tacoma students suspended for text messages about teacher

Four students at Frontier Junior High School in Graham have been suspended for spreading an inflammatory text message about a teacher.

Bethel School District spokeswoman Krista Carlson said school officials became aware of the texts Oct. 15. She said the texts identified the teacher and warned “Don’t let this man near you.” and “He will rape you.”

Carlson said a school investigation determined that four girls were involved – two who originated the message and two who forwarded it to others.

All the students were originally suspended for five days, Carlson said. But suspensions for the two girls held responsible for originating the message were later extended for the rest of the semester.

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