No threat found at Beaverton's Stoller Middle School
Stoller Middle School in Bethany was locked down, each room was searched and parents with photo ID told to pick up their children, after an email threat was received Friday by several Beaverton School District administrators.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says "nothing suspicious was located" despite two searches of the building.
Nearby Jacob Wismer Elementary School also was placed on lockout status Friday. "Lockout" means outside doors are locked so no one may enter. "Lockdown" means students and faculty are kept inside their rooms and no one may leave.
According to a Friday evening press release, the decision to search room by room was a result of the contents in the email. Based on what was sent, deputies were concerned that a possible suspect was already inside the building and planning to do harm.
The content of the email has not yet been released.
Investigators said they will be working closely with the Beaverton School District and their information technology department to examine the possible origin of the email.
The search was completed at 4:41 p.m. Friday.
At 1:20 p.m. Friday, the Beaverton School District distributed the following comment via Facebook: "Stoller MS parents, please do not go to the school. Law enforcement are on scene to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Please wait for further information from the Beaverton School District. Stoller Middle School staff are not allowed to answer the phone during a lockdown. Their phones are being rerouted to a call center at the District Administration Center."
All students were released at 4:45 p.m. Parents and guardians with photo ID were asked to pick them up, except for students who use special education transportation buses.
Friday updates: 5:55 p.m.
School administrators have released an update acknowledging that "frustrated" parents will need to wait a little bit longer.
"We know that this process will be lengthy and many parents/guardians are frustrated. Please know that we need to account for every student and match them up with the correct parent/guardian. We appreciate your patience," according to the statement.
4:31 p.m. update
Stoller Middle School administrators say parents of students who receive special education transportation will recieve a SchoolMessenger when busses depart.
"Please note, because this dismissal is outside of the normal dismissal time, the MyStop App will not track busses accurately," they wrote.
BSD staff continue to mobilize to help support the controlled release.
4:08 p.m update:
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies are continuing a classroom-by-classroom search of Stoller Middle School, with about 75 percent of the school having been cleared so far.
Nothing suspicious has been located and there have been no reported injuries.
When located in the classrooms, students and teachers are being escorted into the gymnasium, where Beaverton School District nutrition services staff are serving meals. Various school district administrators, interpreters and other support staff are onsite.
Stoller students will be released at 4:45 p.m. There will be no bus transportation with the exception of students who take special education transportation. All other students will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian with photo identification.
Parents need to enter the side hallway near the gymnasium on the west side of the school. No students will be released before 4:45 p.m.
3:52 p.m update:
All Stoller Middle School students will be released at 4:45 p.m. All students will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian with photo identification, with the exception of students who receive special education transportation. They will be bused home as usual.
Parents need to enter the side hallway near the gymnasium. No students will be released before 4:45 p.m.
Update at 3:30 p.m.
Sheriff's Office: Approx 60 percent of the school has been cleared. Nothing suspicious found. Students are being housed in the gym. Students will not be released until the entire school has been cleared.
At 2:23 p.m. the Beaverton School District distributed the following: "Stoller MS parents — law enforcement are still on the scene at the school. The school is still in lockdown. Law enforcement are asking parents not to go to the school. We are working on a plan for release. Please know it will not be before 3:50 p.m. We will communicate the plan to you, so please monitor your email and our social media."
At 2:44 p.m., the district distributed the following message via Facebook: "Jacob Wismer (Elementary School, 5477 N.W. Skycrest Parkway) will be in lockout until dismissal at 3:05 (p.m.). Normal dismissal applies at Jacob Wismer. SchoolMessenger is sending shortly. The system takes a while to get through all the contacts."
Stoller Middle School in Bethany went into lockdown status on Friday, Nov. 30, after several Beaverton School District administrators received an email threatening violence at the school.
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 12:19 p.m. to investigate the threats at the school, 14141 N.W. Laidlaw Road. Deputies say it is still unclear where the email was sent from. Deputies are working closely with the Beaverton School District to determine that.
At 12:20 p.m., Stoller Middle School was placed on lockdown status and multiple deputies responded to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Nearby Jacob Wismer Elementary School also was placed on lockout status.
No suspicious activity or objects have been found at the school. There are no reports of injuries. Deputies are going room by room locating staff and students.
At 1:20 p.m., the Beverton School District distributed the following comment via Facebook: "Stoller MS parents, please do not go to the school. Law enforcement are on scene to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Please wait for further information from the Beaverton School District. Stoller Middle School staff are not allowed to answer the phone during a lockdown. Their phones are being rerouted to a call center at the District Administration Center."
Families are being asked not to respond to the school at this time. When the situation has been deemed safe, the district will conduct a controlled release of the school. Follow the Sheriff's Office and Beaverton School District's social media pages for updates.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)