Note found at school contains threat of violence
North Marion School District and the Marion County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into a threatening note that was found at the middle school on Thursday, Jan. 24.
The school district's Director of Safety and Security Mitch Sechler issued a statement to parents of students in the district apprising them of the investigation. The notification said someone slid a 3x5-inch card under a classroom door containing a threat of violence purportedly to take place Friday.
Classes were held Friday on schedule and without incident. One parent phoned the Woodburn Independent saying she and other parents were concerned because they had not seen the police presence that was promised to be on hand at the school.
District Superintendent Ginger Redlinger said the sheriff's office did have a presence.
"I have confirmed with Mitch that Marion County Sheriff's Office patrols and onsite officers have been in and out of buildings this morning and throughout the day," Redlinger said. "Some of their vehicles are unmarked, so they may not have been noticed. So it is possible that parents did not see them at the time they arrived today, but they were there."
Redlinger said the sheriff's office continued to monitor the rural campus throughout the day. She added that the investigation into who made the threat is progressing.
Sechler's Thursday notification informed parents of the alert and the police presence, stressing:
"All threats to our school are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly. We understand the importance of keeping parents informed when safety concerns arise. If you have any additional information that can assist in the investigation, please contact us immediately."