Man arrested at his home with shotgun after online threats to Bend High

A 21-year-old Bend man was arrested Thursday after making an online threat to students and staff at Bend High, according to police. A shotgun was seized during the arrest.

Lt. Juli McConkey said someone who works for the social media platform “MeetMe” called police about 8:15 a.m. after seeing the post on the platform.

“Threats like these are taken very seriously by the Bend Police Department and the Bend-La Pine Schools,” McConkey said.  “Out of an abundance of caution, several Bend police officers staged at the school this morning while Bend Police Detectives located the male responsible.”

The school was never put on lockout, McConkey said.

Police contacted the suspect, William Wight, at his home and arrested him.

“It was determined William Wight acted alone when he made the social media post,” McConkey said. “He is not a student at Bend-La Pine Schools, and has no affiliation with the school district, nor is he believed to have ever been present at Bend Senior High School.”

Wight was arrested for first degree disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. He was taken to St. Charles in Bend for evaluation.

This is the second time in two days police have been called to a Central Oregon school.

Wednesday in Redmond, Elton Gregory Middle School went on lockdown for 15 minutes after a boy was found on campus using a knife to carve into a wall and bench.

The boy was detained by Redmond Police and taken to St. Charles in Redmond for evaluation.



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