CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article reported the 911 call about the teenager riding his motorcycle at EHS was made May 9. That is incorrect — the correct date was June 8. The article has been updated.
A local teenager has been arrested for DUI, disturbing a school, displaying weapons on school property and reckless endangerment after a riding a motorcycle through Enumclaw High and leading police all around town, causing four schools to go into a lockdown.
A 911 call was made around noon on June 8 reporting an unknown individual, later identified as Black Diamond resident Jacob W. Bainton, 19, was riding his bike on high school property while carrying a bow. EHS, as well as the nearby Enumclaw Middle School, Southwood Elementary, and Sunrise Elementary went into modified lockdown as officers responded to the call.
More emergency calls came reporting a reckless driver as Bainton drove around Enumclaw and the surrounding area. He even passed officers on three separate occasions; however, officers were “unable to pursue the fleeing motorcycle” a press release reads, citing state law on vehicle pursuits.
The 2021 state legislature passed HB 1054, which restricts officers from pursuing vehicles unless officers have probable cause to suspect a driver has committed a violent, sex, escape or DUI offense.
Eventually, witnesses saw Bainton hiding near the SE 472nd and 268th Ave SE intersection, by Mount Peak.
When officers arrived, they found him hiding in a shed.
When Bainton was arrested around 1:45 p.m., officers took possession of throwing stars, a BB-gun which looked like a semi-automatic pistol, and a compound bow with one broad-head tip arrow.
“He admitted to using drugs all day long, but he did not provide anything further regarding his behavior or motive,” the press release reads.
Charges have been filed in the city of Enumclaw; Bainton will be arranged today, June 14. Bail is set at $250,000.
This lockdown incident was the third at EHS this school year, and the first since the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in a school shooting May 24.
EHS’ first lockdown was Dec. 10, 2021, when a threatening Snapchat message circulated social media (this happened about a week after the Oxford High, Michigan shooting that left four dead); the second was caused by a domestic threat against a student on Feb. 7, 2022 (days after five were wounded in a shooting at Rufus King High, Milwaukee). Both incidents resulted in modified lockdowns, where no one is allowed in or out of the main school building, but students are able to leave their classrooms and continue the day almost as normal. Both incidents that caused the lockdowns were either found to be unsubstantiated or resulted in no violence.
The district also closed EHS Feb. 14 after a student threatened to bomb the school over Instagram. The threat was never carried out, as the student had no means to do so.
ASB President Josh Schampera said there was a “little anxiety” among students when the modified lockdown was first announced, but that was alleviated when word trickled down about the cause.
“The immediate reaction, we were scared, just because a couple incidents before in this year, we’ve had threats with shootings and bombs and stuff like that,” he said. “After getting word from other people about what was happening… we were relieved that it wasn’t anything that intense.”
Schampera added that some students have voiced they’d feel more secure if there was a larger police presence at school.
“We talked about having more officers on campus — that would make us all around feel safer,” he said. “There’s only one person, and they’re trying to do so much to protect the school in these lockdowns, it would be better to have at least one other person there as well.”
The senior also said he wished district administration was better at disseminating news and giving updates, at least to teachers, so students can be kept appraised of what’s happening outside school walls.
“We all understood what was happening from other students before we found out from admin,” Schampera continued.