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Two students arrested after threat of violence at THS, police say

Two Tigard High School students have been arrested following a threat of violence at Tigard High School last week.

According to the Tigard Police Department, the two were charged with disorderly conduct after rumors of a threat against the school were brought to the school district's attention.

Sgt. Mike Riensche with the Tigard Police Department told The Times last week that four students had posted a “fantasy story” on social media which involved a what-if scenario of a shooting at the school during its annual Tiger Pride Assembly, where the school recognizes academic success among the student body and inducts the new members to the school’s Distinguished Alumni hall of fame.

The story included gunmen rappelling themselves from the ceiling of the school’s gymnasium, Riensche said. Extra patrols were placed at the school last Friday as a precaution.

Principal Andy Van Fleet said in the message to parents that the school “immediately” passed the information along to the Tigard Police Department who “determined that it was not a credible threat.”

“Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students,” wrote Van Fleet in a message posted to the school’s website.