CENTRAL POINT, Ore., – For the past week, school officials and police across the Rogue Valley have responded to internet rumors of threats against local schools. Those threats were determined to be unfounded, but police wanted to be at schools to calm any concerns there still may have been.
Central Point Police visited every school in District 6 on Friday, in an effort to help families feel safe and to reinforce the fact that schools are still safe places. Police said they regularly have a presence at any large school gatherings like assemblies, but said the recent concerns over internet rumors, and last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., were additional reasons for their visits Friday.
Police said parents thanked them for being at the schools Friday. Some parents even gave officers chocolates and other small gifts as a way of saying thank you.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback, just seeing us around the schools today, and with the heightened awareness of things that have been happening, it’s just good to be seen around the schools,” said Lt. David Croft of Central Point Police.
North Medford High School’s Principal said Medford officers did a precautionary tour of the school Friday morning, and did not find anything suspicious.