COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Police are trying to reassure parents that their children are safe after rumors of alleged threats involving Cottage Grove High School students began circling online this week.
According to Cottage Grove Police Chief Scott Shepherd, the rumors started after parents of a Cottage Grove High School student contacted officers on Monday to report that their child received threatening images involving weapons from another student.
“We had to do some checking and background stuff and were able to determine who the person was that sent the concerning message. And that message had to do with veiled threats against a student,” Shepherd said.
Police contacted the boy’s parents and determined by 11 p.m. that evening that there was never a credible threat and that he had no weapons. But that didn’t stop speculation on social media about a broader threat to the school.
“Because we know parents may have concerns about their children attending Cottage Grove High School today, we have additional officers patrolling the area,” the department wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning.
Shepherd said the threats were mainly directed at the student, but that they also insinuated that there could have been violence at the school.
“We were able to determine - within hours - that wasn't credible,” Shepherd said. “But because social media is its own animal, you know, there are still people that speculate.”
Shepherd said the boy will not be in class Tuesday and the school district will take appropriate actions.