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Sheriff: 13-year-old girl arrested for threat to Lake County schools

Schools were kept closed for three days for an investigation after an online threat surfaced.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 4:39 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 3:20 PM

LAKEVIEW, Ore. —

UPDATE: A 13-year-old girl was taken into custody for the online threat that shuttered schools in Lake County this week, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office statement shared by school administrators.

The incident began around 11 p.m. on Saturday night when several Lakeview High School students received a message through social media stating the following, according to the Sheriff's Office:

"Monday, September 23, 2019 me and my fellow friends will be shooting up your school be prepared to be in a blood bath WE WANT THESE PEOPLE”

The message included the names of seven specific students.

Someone passed on the threat to the Sheriff's Office, which began an investigation while school officials decided to shut down classes on Monday.

"The initial investigation led to several persons of interest, one who is not a student at Lakeview High School," the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies and Oregon State Poice detectives began interviewing those people, eventually leading to an "admission" by a 13-year-old girl. Officers arrested her on Wednesday.

"The youth’s admission did not reveal a motive to her actions other than she 'wanted to see what would happen,'" the Sheriff's Office said.

The girl has been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment, and has been lodged at the Klamath County Juvenile Detention Center. The Sheriff's Office said that the investigation explored the idea that she "acted in concert with others," but the agency says its believes she acted alone.

"This incident has been expeditiously addressed and has defused any threat to students and faculty of the Lake County School District #7 and the community at large," Sheriff Michael Taylor said. "A coordinated effort by Community Partners and citizens of Lake County resulted in a safe and positive resolution to a potentially volatile incident."

(Updated 9/25/19 at 3:18 p.m.)


UPDATE: Schools in Lake County will be open again for students on Thursday following a three-day closure prompted by an online threat.

The Lake County School District (LCSD) said that "local law enforcement has addressed the threat" but would not comment any further on the resolution. The Lake County Sheriff's Office has not yet responded to a request for comment.

"They have expressed complete confidence in Lake County SD schools reopening on Thursday, Sept 26th. LCSD7 has been operating on the information available each day and has made decisions to ensure the safety of our students and staff," the District said in a Facebook post. "Law enforcement, LCSD7 administration, and community partners treat each threat seriously and recognize that this has been an emotional experience. Law enforcement plans to be present during the day tomorrow to assist in transitioning back to a school routine."

The Lake County branch of Klamath Community College has been closed this week as well, but announced that it would also re-open on Thursday.

"We sincerely appreciate the efforts and guidance from our Sheriff's office and the LCSD to keep us safe and informed," KCC Lake County said. "The safety of all of the students and staff during this troubling situation has been the primary priority while the investigation was being conducted."

(Updated 9/25/19 at 1:50 p.m.)


UPDATE: Lake County School District #7 and Klamath Community College in Lake County will be closed again, Wednesday, September 25th because of the ongoing threat investigation.

(Updated 9/25/19 at 6 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Schools in the Lake County School District were shuttered on Monday while law enforcement investigated a "potential threat posted online," the District said in a brief statement.

"A text message has been released posing threats to specific LCSD #7 students," the District said in an initial Facebook post after midnight on Sunday.

The District soon announced that it would be closed on Monday while school administrators, law enforcement, and community partners looked into the threat and tried to "resolve the situation as effectively and efficiently as possible."

"The District’s priority is the safety and well-being of its students and employees," it said. "All school district facilities are closed to all extracurricular activities and community sports programs. Any further questions should be directed to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department."

The latest information received indicated that District administrators would be meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss what to do for Tuesday. They anticipated making a decision by "no later than 7 p.m." before notifying the public.

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