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Two students detained after threat of violence at NHS

Students alert counselors, who pass on the info to local police

Students at Newberg High School helped avert what Newberg-Dundee Police Department officials are describing as a “credible” threat of violence on Friday morning.

Counselors learned from students late afternoon Thursday that there were concerns about the threat of violence and passed that information along to the NDPD. Police officers responded immediately and two NHS students were taken into custody on “unrelated” charges, according to NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki.

“Police and school officials worked through the night” to avert the threat, he added.

No information has been provided on the nature of the threat or what charges the two students were arrested on.

“We appreciate and rely on our strong working relationship with our school district, especially in situations like this,” Kosmicki said, noting that the police depend on students to communicate concerns to adults, which “is exactly what happened in this case.”

There was no lockdown at the school and Friday was otherwise a normal day, Newberg School District spokeswoman Claudia Stewart said.

“If the police felt students were in danger we would have taken an entirely different approach,” she said. “Because they had the students in custody and as they continued their investigation they felt there was no risk to holding school today.”

Still, there was an increased police presence on campus during the day, which is common when a threat is made on any school in the area. Details on the threat are scarce as the investigation is ongoing.