Threats of Violence Against a Springfield School
Location:        Springfield, Oregon
Date/Time:      October 25th, 2019
Additional Information: Sgt. Brian Humphreys at 541-726-3714
Completed By: Sgt. Brian Humphreys

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

The Springfield Police Department investigated a threat of school violence Thursday.

An 8th grade student made threats to “shoot up the school tomorrow.” Officers with the Springfield Police Department contacted and interviewed involved students, the offender, and his parents.

The juvenile told officers he made comments that he would bring a gun to school and shoot up the school. He stated he was angry because kids were bullying him. The juvenile was arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct 1 and lodged at the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center. The juvenile is also facing disciplinary measures with the school.

While recent incidents around the country leave us all with a heightened sense of anxiety around school safety, the Springfield Police Department and the Springfield School District wish to assure the public that we continue to make strides in increasing the safety of our schools. Our focus remains on creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all. Circumstances such as these not only cause a disruption to the educational process, but can result in undue anxiety for students and parents alike.

The Springfield Police Department takes all threats of violence against our community seriously, especially those made against our schools. Those found to have made threats whether in the heat of an argument, to express frustration, or as a joke will be subject to both administrative school discipline as well as potential criminal consequences. It is a crime to verbally utter or imply threats of violence with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm.

The Springfield Police Department requests that parents remind their children that making threats of violence is a very serious matter, regardless of he circumstances, and should students hear of such threats to continue reporting incidents to parents, school officials, and the police.

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.