(CBS) COVINGTON, Wash. - Students at Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash. were sent home early on Friday as a safety precaution due to a reported threat made via e-mail, CBS affiliate KIRO reports.
According to Sgt. Cindi West, the e-mail threatened a "hostage take-over and blood bath."
"Early information is that the e-mail was sent from a former student that hacked into another former student's account and sent the e-mail," West said.
Kent School District Executive Director of Communications Chris Loftis said that the school received the e-mail around 9 a.m. and students were sent home at 10:15 a.m.
Loftis said the school contacted law enforcement and police recommended the early release as a safety precaution, the station reports.
K-9 units were reportedly sent to the scene and numerous deputies conducted a search of the school.
Police were still working on locating the suspect at 10:30 a.m., Pacific time.