Police: Student taken into custody after threat to Crater High School

Crater High School was open and operating on a normal schedule today, though police said that they had an increased presence on campuses.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 7:33 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 5:22 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Police took a juvenile student into custody on Thursday after investigating a threat reportedly made on social media the night before.

The Central Point Police Department said that it was investigating the reported threat throughout the day on Thursday. Although authorities previously indicated that the threat had been made through Snapchat, the agency said in later statement that the threat was made "in a video gaming audio chat room," and officers were able to contact all parties involved.

Credit: Central Point School District 6 / Facebook

Credit: Central Point Police / Facebook

"Officers were able to determine during the investigation that the threat was not credible," CPPD said. "Due to the alarm and impact to the community caused by the threat, the juvenile was lodged at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility for Disorderly Conduct I."

The case has been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Samantha Steele, superintendent for Central Point School District 6, sent out an email notification on Wednesday night that the Central Point Police Department and school district administrators had investigated the social media post and determined that the post does did represent an immediate or continuing threat to student or staff safety.

In the original statement from Central Point Police, officers said that they took a report around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night from a student that said his friend had seen a Snapchat post from an "unknown person," depicting a threat against Crater High.

"This social media post was not saved and has not been verified by law enforcement," the agency said.

CPPD confirmed on Wednesday morning that it would increase the presence of officers on school campuses in District 6 during the investigation.

"Central Point Police Department has two School Resource Officers assigned to the schools and they are both trained in threat assessment and school safety measures," the agency said. "We will continue to update parents and our community on the status of this investigation."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to immediately call the Central Point Police Department at 541-664-5578.

"The Central Point Police Department and the Central Point School District take every threat to our schools seriously. The safety and security of every student and staff member in our schools is our primary concern and we work together to ensure safe school campuses," CPPD said.

The agency thanked students for sharing the "troubling information" with police and the school rather than disregarding the information as not being credible.

"It is important to educate students that false information shared over social media and among peers could be alarming to the community and may have legal consequences," CPPD said.

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