"Blood bath" threatened in e-mail to Wash. high school, police say

Police arrive to Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash. after the school reportedly received an e-mail threatening a "blood bath" on Friday, March 29, 2012.

(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.