Classes at Hazen High School in Renton are canceled for the remainder of the day after someone rammed a car into the front of the building Thursday morning, the district said.
Some staff noticed the car, which had smashed one of the building’s front windows, around 5 a.m. when they arrived at school, Renton School District spokesman Randy Matheson said. . No one was there at the time, and no staff or students were injured, he said.
Matheson added that the school has multiple CCTV cameras outside and inside the building and has sent footage to the Renton Police Department.
“We are trying to identify the culprits, but they don’t appear to be students.” he said. “…I don’t know if the people who did this were hurt, but they seemed to run away, get into another car and drive off.”
Renton police spokeswoman Sandra Havlik confirmed that surveillance video shows what looks like two people fleeing in a second vehicle after the crash.
The police are also investigating whether or not the car was stolen. No arrests were made.
Building damage was minimal and the school remains structurally sound, Matheson said. The car was removed from the property and towed to the Renton Police Evidence Garage.
“We closed the school for the day as a precaution,” he said. “School starts around 7 a.m. and we have 1,600 students. … So we just wanted to make sure there was nobody in the building and that there was no structural damage.
Parent-teacher conferences and a volleyball game are on track for later Thursday. Classes will resume Friday morning on the school’s normal late start schedule, he said. Students in the Renton School District have a delayed start each Friday due to teacher training.
“This is definitely an isolated and strange incident,” Matheson said. “There is no reason to believe there is a threat associated with this incident.”
The district asked students and families to monitor their emails and social media for further updates.