Grants Pass Student Arrested After Report of Threat Against Schools

Authorities say that a 14-year-old boy is in custody after a parent reported seeing a specific threat posted on social media.

Posted: Sep 28, 2018 3:56 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Law enforcement took a 14-year-old Grants Pass student into custody on Thursday after a parent reported seeing a specific threat on social media, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).

Police say that they are also following up on reports of a threat made on Friday morning.

On Thursday, GPDPS says that it received a report from a parent who was monitoring their child's social media activity. The parent spotted a post from another student of Grants Pass High School that appeared to be a threat against the school.

"The post was specific and included injuring students at the school," said GPDPS in a statement.

At first, law enforcement did not know the name of the student, and could not determine if the threat had been directed at Grants Pass High or another school in Josephine County. GPDPS alerted the Josephine County Sheriff's Office to make them aware of the threat.

Detectives and police officers were later able to identify the suspected student and find him at home. After some investigation, police took the 14-year-old white male into custody for Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree, lodging him at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center.

Then, around 7:15 a.m. on Friday, GPDPS received another tip about a possible threat at Grants Pass High and North Valley High. Police and Sheriff's deputies interviewed several students about the threat, which had reportedly been posted to Snap Chat. Detectives "followed up on several leads," but have not yet made any arrests.

Authorities consider this second incident an "open case."

Less than a month into the school year, GPDPS says it has responded to three such threats at Three Rivers schools, with even more having been reported to the district.

"The GPDPS would like to make certain that the public is aware that all threats of harm to students and staff at our schools are taken seriously and will be fully investigated. We would like to thank those who have had the courage to say something when they felt something they heard or saw was suspicious. If anyone has questions or further information, please call the GPDPS at (541) 450-6260."

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