Police say Ashland High student is in custody after making threat

Police say there is no threat to the school, but will be on campus as a precaution.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 7:38 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 11:36 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A student of Ashland High School is in custody after making an apparent threat toward the school, according to the Ashland Police Department (APD).

Police say the boy posted a picture of himself Monday night with a gun and warned students not to go to school Tuesday.

Ashland Police looked into the threat and determined that the gun was a BB gun. Officers took the boy into custody for disorderly conduct.

APD and high school staff are still investigating the threat, but police believe there is no active threat to the school. However, officers will be on campus as a precautionary measure.

Ashland High School says the student will be in police custody at least through Wednesday and will not be returning to the school until they can ensure everyone’s safety.

A statement from Ashland High School interim principal Samuel Bogdanove said that the threat appeared to be an "isolated instance involving one student."

"Incidents like this, even unfounded ones, are frightening," Bogdanove wrote. "Teachers and staff will be checking in with students and counseling staff are available if students need to talk. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is a way we can support your child."

Bogdanove said that the school would be working with the Jackson County Threat Assessment Task Force moving forward to determine what the next steps for the unnamed student would be. That process could result in the student being removed from campus.

"I want to acknowledge the students and community members that alerted us and APD to this issue," the interim principal continued. "I thank you each for your bravery in coming forward through calls to APD and through the SafeOregon tip line. It takes all of us to keep each other safe and well. You have my gratitude."

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