Threat at West Linn High 'not credible'
After a police investigation, a purported threat at West Linn High School was found to be a resurfaced social media post and students were determined not to be in danger.
According to the district, on Monday, Dec. 6, less than a week after the Oxford High School shooting that left four students dead in Michigan, the administration of WLHS was alerted by a student of a potential threat based on a post.
Law enforcement was contacted immediately, and officers began an investigation that involved speaking with the student who wrote the post, according to West Linn Police Department Public Information Officer Bill Garland.
Garland declined to comment on the content of the messages but said "they were cause for concern and deserving of some follow-up by the school district and by us."
After the investigation, the police confirmed with the district that there "was no credible threat to the school," and the social media post was about a month old, said WL-WV School District Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom.
As an additional layer of caution, the district initiated its Threat Assessment Protocol, a detailed process that involves administrators, school resource officers and mental health experts. Those involved what resources the school may need in the aftermath of a potential threat.
Families were contacted to inform them that students were not at danger, and the high school continued classes as normal.
Kilstrom confirmed that there was a slight decrease in attendance than usual, which was "not surprising" given the circumstances.
However, the school will proceed with normal operations going forward and the counseling team is prepared to chat with any student who needs extra support.
Kilstrom could not comment on whether the social media post was made by a current student.
"We appreciate students keeping their eyes and ears open and letting a trusted adult know if they see or hear anything that's cause for concern," said Kilstrom.
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