No threat to high school found in social media post
The Newberg School District informed parents Sunday about a police investigation stemming from reports over the weekend that two Newberg High School students posted pictures and video of themselves with firearms on the social media application Snapchat.
According to a release sent out shortly after 7 p.m., police determined there was no credible threat and that no students, including those reported to have made the posts, were in danger. Officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department interviewed the students, notified their parents and determined the weapons in the postings were "airsoft and pellet guns."
Police surmised there was no plan, but also seized all firearms, real and fake, from both homes and notified the students in question that they will not be allowed on campus until a threat assessment can be conducted for them.
"We are communicating with you directly even in this case where there is not a credible threat of harm because we want to make sure that rumors do not create false information and unnecessary anxiety," the release to parents stated.
The release also stated that safety for students and staff is the district's top priority and stressed the importance of reporting concerns. This year, the district is partnering with SafeOregon so that tips and concerns can be reported anonymously.
"The number one reason why students do not report is the fear of retaliation from their peers," the release stated. "The SafeOregon Tip Line can be accessed anonymously via multiple methods, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student. Anonymity decreases the likelihood that a school safety threat would go unreported."