Molalla Police sent officers to Molalla High School Thursday in response to a threat written on an area bathroom wall

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Someone wrote 'RIP MHS 3-1-18' on a bathroom stall, reportedly in McMinnville, but police responded to Molalla High School on March 1 as a precaution.After catching word that someone had written 'RIP MHS 3-1-18' on an area bathroom wall, Molalla Police sent officers to Molalla High School on Thursday, March 1.

News of the potential threat spread like wildfire on social media, but Sergeant Frank Schoenfeld said that it was likely not intended for Molalla.

"Somebody deduced that it was on a bathroom wall in Winco, and they think that it was in the McMinnville area," Schoenfeld said.

He added, "So you could deduce that it was probably meant for McMinnville High School, not Molalla High School because it just said 'MHS.' So it started gaining traction all over Facebook…everybody was concerned that for sure it was Molalla High School, and it wasn't. It had nothing to do with Molalla High School."

But out of precaution, Molalla Police sent officers to the high school campus Thursday.

"Well of course, when we get something that we've got to respond to the school for, we do every time," Schoenfeld said.

In addition to responding to calls, police work year-round to assess threats to local schools. A Clackamas County Threat Assessment Team meets monthly to evaluate both North and South Clackamas County schools.

"It's taken very seriously in our county," Schoenfeld said.

Kristen Wohlers
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