Forest Grove police investigating Snapchat threat to FGHS
A threatening public Snapchat post brought to school officials' attention warned of a shooting planned at Forest Grove High School, the Forest Grove School District said Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Forest Grove police officers contacted the student who made the social media post and "are taking appropriate action," school officials said.
School district spokesman David Warner said this afternoon that officers determined "there was no real threat," calling the post "a hoax."
The school district alerted parents and guardians at Forest Grove High of the message, posting a statement in English and Spanish on its website at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The post reportedly stated, "I hate this school, and am going to shoot it up tomorrow (this is not a threat)," with "tomorrow" referring to Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Warner said students reported the Snapchat post to school administrators, who immediately contacted the Forest Grove Police Department.
City police and school officials were "actively investigating," the district said in its statement.
Forest Grove police will have a larger-than-usual presence at the high school Wednesday, the statement added.
Otherwise, Warner said, the plan tomorrow for Forest Grove High is "business as usual."
"We have no reason to believe that it is unsafe for students to be in school tomorrow," the statement posted on the school district's website Tuesday afternoon states. "If this changes, we will notify parents through our phone dialer and district/school websites."
A spokesman for the Forest Grove Police Department was not immediately available for comment.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note the outcome of the investigation, finding the threatening Snapchat post to have been a "hoax," as well as with the reported contents of the post.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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