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Local Police Discuss School Threat Procedures

Local police have recieved a number of school threats following the Florida school shooting that happened on Valentines Day.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 5:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local police have received a number of school threats following the Florida school shooting that happened on Valentines Day.

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Since the shooting, conversation about gun laws, armed personal on campuses and prevention has spread across the nation.

Medford Police School Resource Officer, Mike Jackson, says that school threats are handled on a case-by-case basis. He says that every case is taken seriously until proven illegitimate.

Right now if an individual threatens a school they can be charged with Disorderly Conduct in the first degree, a misdemeanor charge. According to Officer Jackson, a second offense would be a felony.

"I think right now there are conversations that are taking place in Medford and nationwide about whether we should have more ability to charge juveniles, young adults or anybody who makes any sort of school threat with a more serious crime and have more power to make sure that they don’t have their hands on guns and that they are getting in trouble," said Officer Jackson.

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