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Student's threat prompts police patrols at Parkrose schools

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Parkrose schools were patrolled by Portland police officers Wednesday after a threat by a student last week that spurred rumors on social media.A student’s threat and subsequent rumors spread through social media prompted Parkrose school officials to take extra precautions Wednesday, including patrols by Portland police officers on district campuses.

Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray said a student made a threat on social media late last week aimed at other students in the small Northeast Portland district. The student, who was not identified, was removed from Parkrose High School and wouldn’t be readmitted until the district completed its discipline process, Gray said.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said officers investigated the student’s threat and determined that it wasn’t credible. Neither police nor school district officials would provide details about the threat. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Officers patrolled Parkrose schools March 2 as a precaution, Gray said, to “make parents and kids feel safe today.” Afternoon sports activities were canceled so the school could “cool down,” she said. A Wednesday evening Parkrose High School postseason play-in basketball game against the Bend Lava Bears also would have added security.

The threat was discovered Friday, Feb. 26. District officials quickly removed the student from the high school, Gray said. District officials sent messages about the threat to students’ parents late last week and posted a message on its Facebook page.

“The district has taken criticism for our timing, and we understand why some parents feel like that,” Gray said. “We have also gotten many ‘thank yous’ from parents for our messaging. We had it dealt with and handled quickly and according to law and policy and process, and then the rumor mill got started.”