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Investigation reveals no credible threat at Hamlin Middle School

The threat was made on Monday night to Hamlin Middle School claiming a student was going to "shoot the school up."

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 7:45 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2018 5:51 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore -- A threat made to a Springfield Middle School during an online video game session put police and school leaders on high alert, but investigators say it was a hoax.

The threat was made on Monday night to Hamlin Middle School claiming a student was going to "shoot the school up."

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According to an email from the principal to parents, the threat was first reported by students who overheard it while playing the video game Fortnite.

Springfield police investigated and determined the threat was not credible.

As a precaution, police and extra staff were on campus Tuesday to provide support if needed.

"My initial thought was not fear," said Melanie Campbell, a Hamlin Middle School parent. "I immediately thought if it was forwarded through Facebook and all over the place and we hadn't heard anything through [the media] or anybody else that it probably wasn't valid."

Campbell said she was more concerned with the way the threat spread.

"I think the people who moved that fear through Facebook really need to think about what they're doing," she said. "Those are parents with children and we even had professionals forwarding it and not sending to our tip lines and not sending to the places where we needed to."

District leaders said none of their students have been punished for the incident.

They are urging parents students who hear about threats to report them to the Safe Oregon tipline.

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