Students in the Beaverton School District were asked to submit to backpack searches on Friday, Dec. 10, after a student allegedly reported hearing a comment from another student about bringing a weapon and explosives to class.
Beaverton officials say they have investigated the report, as well as a social media post from earlier this week urging middle schoolers to "riot" in the hallways, and found them to be not credible. The Washington County Sheriff's Office investigated as well and reached the same conclusion, said schools spokesperson Shellie Bailey-Shah.
On Thursday, Dec. 9, a student from Highland Park Middle School reported hearing a comment from another student about bringing a gun and bomb to class on Friday. The student who reported the incident did not know who made the comment, according to an email sent to parents by the Beaverton School District.
"The safety of our staff and students is our utmost priority. As soon as we were made aware of the comment, we quickly began an investigation which included interviews of all students in the area where the comment was heard. At this time, we do not know who made the comment," the email states.
Students' backpacks were searched Friday morning, officials said. Students who did not give permission to have their backpacks searched were asked to bring them to the main office to be held until the end of the day. Their parents and guardians will be called as well.
Earlier this week, Beaverton police came across a social media post inviting seventh- and eighth-grade students to skip third period on Friday, Dec. 10, to participate in a "riot" in the hallways, according to an another email sent to school district families on Wednesday, Dec. 8. That post appears to be circulating in many parts of the United States this week and isn't specific to Beaverton schools.
While Bailey-Shah said investigators don't believe the "riot" post or the gun/bomb report are credible, Beaverton schools have taken security precautions.
"Nonetheless, (there will) be an enhanced SRO presence in schools today, along with more administrators from the central office providing support and added supervision," she said.
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