A 14-year-old boy at Three Rivers School in Sunriver was arrested Monday after making up a story about a possible threat on campus, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. William Bailey said a School Resource Deputy with the sheriff’s office was notified about 2:30 p.m. that a 14-year-old boy reported to school administration that earlier in the day he had heard another student threaten violence with a gun at the school.
The School Resource Deputy acted quickly and began investigating the threat, trying to determine its origin, Bailey said.
During the investigation, it was determined the boy had made up the story about hearing the threat of violence. The investigation found no evidence of a credible threat to the safety of students and staff at Three Rivers School, Bailey said.
The boy was released to his parents after being arrested by citation on one count of first-degree disorderly conduct and one count of initiating a false report.
“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office takes any threat to the safety of our schools very seriously,” Bailey said. “Any threat to the safety of our schools will not be tolerated and will be investigated completely in partnership with school officials.”
In a letter to parents, Three Rivers Principal Tim Broadbent said “the student admitted fabricating the story for attention and as a copycat of the Cascade Middle School threat gaining momentum on social and traditional media.”
Earlier in the day, a 12-year-old Bend boy was arrested for making a threat of violence against Cascade Middle School in Bend. In that case, the boy made the threat to another student on Sunday while they were online playing XBOX. The 12-year-old urged the student not to go to school on Monday. When the Cascade student asked why, the 12-year-old responded, “bang.”
The 12-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree disorderly conduct.
Broadbent’s letter continued, “I want to drive home to our students and families that we will not tolerate threats or copycats of threats to our school safety and support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law for the disruption that this will likely cause to our learning environment.”
The Three Rivers case marks the fourth such incident in less than a week in Central Oregon.
On Thursday last week, a 21-year-old Bend man was arrested for posting an online threat to Bend High students and staff. The man was arrested at his home a few miles from the school. Police seized a shotgun from the scene during the arrest.
A day earlier, an Elton Gregory Middle School student was detained after he was found on campus with a knife carving into a bench and wall. The incident forced the school to be placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes.