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Threats at Walt Morey / timed for anniversary / of Reynolds shooting

An unspecified number of Walt Morey Middle School students who admitted making threats of violence timed for the one-year anniversary of the Reynolds High School shooting have been removed from their school, a Reynolds School District official confirmed Thursday morning.

“We have not found any credible threats of any kind,” said Andrea Watson, a district spokeswoman. "We questioned these kids, and the police questioned these kids, and they said 'Yes, I did say that.' And if they are admitting this, we can't have them in school."

Watson declined to say how many students are involved, or when they were excluded. No official disciplinary action has been taken yet.

“There have been no arrests. There are no guns or weapons,” Watson said, acknowledging that rumors regarding the circumstances are rampant. “Ninety-nine percent of what is out there is not true.”

Tanya Pruett, principal of the 640-student middle school, sent a letter to parents earlier this week noting that “students came forward with reports ... that they overheard other students talking about a rumor of individuals planning a threat on student safety for June 10, 2015.”

The date marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Reynolds High School that cost two students their lives and injured a physical education teacher.

The district had already hired additional security services for all the secondary schools in the district beginning June 1, to make sure students felt safe on the June 10 anniversary.

“That decision was made before this,” Watson said.

Troutdale Police are investigating the potential threat, but did not immediately return calls.

“Police personnel are being very thorough in assessing the situation and actively investigating all information reported,” read Pruett's letter to parents. “Additionally, we are reviewing planned end-of-year activities to insure that we have a secure and safe end to the school year."

Watson said no activities have been canceled.

The principal urged parents to “remind your student about the importance of sharing information about any threats they may hear.”


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