Newberg schools open; ‘concerning’ post not a credible threat

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Newberg High School (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Newberg School District administration made an emergency closure Tuesday morning delaying the school day two hours after a ‘concerning’ social media post was reported.

The post was reported to Newberg-Dundee Police Department after it circulated between high school students, school officials said.

Authorities determined the social media post was not a credible threat.

This comes as two other schools in the area have responded to separate threats of violence against them, and while all three were determined to be unfounded, they are still worrying parents and staff.

Tuesday morning parents held a prayer gathering at Imagination Station at Columbia Park in Troutdale right across from the high school. Their focus is on safety and security.

The district and Multnomah County Sheriffs’ Office investigated and determined a shooting threat made against the school this week to be unfounded.

However, it comes in the wake of frequent fights breaking out in schools there.

A longtime Reynolds High School teacher said even unfounded threats can be triggering, as he described serious staffing, security and scheduling issues.

“This is seven years after, after a school shooting, you would think that Reynolds High School would be one of the most safest, like hard, hard to get into limited access schools in the state of Oregon,” said teacher Evans Selbys.

Students at the district middle school started a two-week distance learning period, after teachers and students reported an unbearable rise in conflicts. The district is also considering hiring private security for the high school campus.

Another non-credible but concerning threat at Parkrose High School was reported.

Police said the school was put under lockout after teachers called 911 to report someone threatening to shoot a student. Teachers reported possibly seeing that person near campus.

Police found the person, who they say was not armed. The individual was not arrested.

The school had a high-profile gun scare in 2019, when a campus security guard disarmed a former student who planned to harm himself inside the school’s art building.

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