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Henley High School Increases Security Following Two Threats

Law enforcement will be increased around the Henley High School and Henley Complex this week following threats. Both threats were made on the same day last week.

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 8:11 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2018 6:33 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.-- Students at Henley Elementary, Middle and High School (Henley Complex) will see more police presence than usual for the rest of the week. That's after a student found a shooting threat in one of the boys’ bathrooms last week.
The boys bathroom is now boarded up at Henley High School. The principal, Jack Lee said that bathroom has seen some vandalism since it was redone. The school has also recently patched up a hole in the wall in that bathroom after someone punched it. Last week, Henley High School has seen two threats.

"We had two separate incidences so far. We've determined that they are not related but they both had in common statements about shooting the school up. One was a joke. The other was an anonymous writing in the bathroom," said Lee.

The boy accused of making the first shooting threat said it would happen Wednesday, March 7th and the written threat said Friday, March 9th.

"A student was in a bathroom stall and took a picture and brought it to us. They happened within two hours of each other. Up until this point, even after the Parkland shooting we had nothing going on and then in one day we had two," Lee said.

Both threats were taken seriously. The boy accused of making the joke is currently not at school. The Klamath County School District said there will be an increased police presence starting Wednesday until Friday to make sure the school continues to stay safe.

"If I felt there was anything different in terms of safety here, then absolutely. We would close school doors. I think the reason for increased law enforcement is to help ease that tension. It's the visibility of it," Lee said.

"We've had some parents and community members appreciating the communication and appreciating the cooperation between the district and law enforcement. I definitely think it makes a difference," said the Klamath County School District’s Superintendent, Greg Thede.

The principal said tracking down the person wrote the shooting threat in the boys bathroom, has been difficult.

"We've looked at film. We've narrowed it down to about a 2 hour window of when this happened. We've interviewed over 100 students. We have not had anyone confess and we have no had anyone take us up on the $500 reward that we have out there. We need to find that person to help relieve tension across this campus," Lee said.

The principal and superintendent said they understand how stressful and anxious this makes parents and students, especially after the shooting in Parkland, Florida less than a month ago.

"We are always going to be safe here and any time that I feel that it is not safe for any human being in this building I will shut the school down. We are safe we're just dealing with an unfortunate couple of events that happened on the same day at a very unfortunate time in our country," Lee said.

As previously mentioned in this article, the Klamath County School District is offering a $500 reward for anyone with any information that would lead to the arrest of whoever made the threat. If you have any information, you can contact Henley High School or the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Henley High School and the Henley Complex are increasing law enforcement presence this week in response to a threat written on a bathroom stall last week.

The bathroom stall threat specifically referenced Friday, March 9.

The district says the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office will have more deputies at Henley High and at the Henley Complex on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

These are in addition to the School Resource Officer who is stationed at Henley High throughout the school year.

The person who made the threat has not been identified yet.

The Klamath County School District is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person who wrote the threat.

Contact Henley High School or the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office if you have information to report.

The district says it takes any and all threats extremely seriously.

Penalties include citations from law enforcement, suspension and expulsion.

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