French Prairie Middle School student accused of threatening fellow students

Woodburn Police detectives and school resource officers arrested a 13-year-old boy after receiving a report that a student had threatened to shoot fellow students at French Prairie Middle School, according to a press release from the Woodburn Police Department.

The suspect was arrested Monday, the release stated, and was transported to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.

The suspect allegedly used the smartphone app Snapchat to threaten to shoot five fellow students, the release said. Police interviewed the students and say they found social media evidence confirming their claims. Detectives did not find any evidence to believe that the suspect had the means to carry out his threats, a press release stated.

Police and school officials were first made aware of the threat through the website, a program created for students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement to report and respond to student safety threats.

Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom said the parents of the students involved as well as staff were alerted.

"We handed the situation appropriately," he said.

This is the second social media threat in recent history to the school district. In February, a Snapchat post by a student targeted Woodburn and Gervais schools. The post resulted in more than half of the Woodburn district's students being taken out of school early by parents. Afterward, the district held a public forum to hear concerns from the public.

A second forum is planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Woodburn High School lectorium, 1785 N. Front St.

Administrators, school board members and the Woodburn Police Department will jointly host this forum with community members to respond to questions received at the March 19 meeting that sought input from the community.

They will report on what current safety protocols are in place and what could change based on community input provided. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information, contact Jenne Marquez, executive secretary to the superintendent and school board, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-981-2701.

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