Mapleton School District explains why families not told about threat

Mapleton residents are looking for answers, after just finding out about the potential violent threat that was reported on campus at Mapleton High School on April 25th.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 6:29 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2018 6:42 PM

MAPLETON, Ore. -- Officials with the Mapleton School District are speaking out about a potential school threat that happened on April 25th, and why they didn't let families know about it.


Mapleton residents are looking for answers, after just finding out about the potential violent threat that was reported on campus at Mapleton High School on April 25th.

"It was unprofessional for them to not tell parents around here that somethings going on,” said Sierra Harris who lives near by the school. “They should contact the parents ASAP if there are threats at the school."

Deputies with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said they received the report around 11 a.m. that a student at Mapleton High School was overheard telling another student he was going to shoot someone. Investigators deemed the threat not credible after speaking with school staff, students and the parents or guardian of the student in question.

We spoke with Jodie O'Mara who is the superintendent with the Mapleton School District. She said since the threat was deemed not credible they did not think it was necessary informing families of the situation at the time.

"That's why we investigate, immediately,” said O’Mara. “That's why we called Lane County Sheriff, and let them determine if the threat is credible. Per Lane County Sheriff it was not a credible threat which is why we didn't notify families."

O’Mara did not disclose what the student's punishment was. But said the student is subject to discipline that could lead to an expulsion. Investigators said the student is not being charged.

O'Mara wants the Mapleton community to know safety is the district’s number one priority.

"It is first and foremost in every educators mind to keep our kids, our staff, and our community safe."

O'Mara said she appreciates the students who initially reported the potential threat and wants other students to do the same, if they have any concerns.

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