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Police respond to report of threat at North Bend High School

North Bend High School was on lockdown Tuesday after police received a secondhand report a 15-year-old threatened to kill a 17-year-old student and “shoot up the high school.”

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 12:55 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 7:42 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- North Bend High School was on lockdown Tuesday after police received a secondhand report that a 15-year-old threatened to kill a 17-year-old student and “shoot up the high school.”

While the threat of violence ended up not being as reported, police increased their presence at the school as a precaution.

The suspect was located at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and police are interviewing him. They said the teen has expressed suicidal intentions, and mental health services have been contacted.

Police responded to the initial secondhand report 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The threat was said to have been made in the “smoker’s trail” area between the high school and Pony Village Mall.

The student who was reportedly threatened told police the suspect did not threaten him personally or make statements about gun violence. 

He said the suspect appeared to be angry with another 17-year-old student in the school, whom the suspect believed to be involved with an ex-girlfriend. Police interviewed the other student and suggested precautionary measures to him and his parents.

Police canvassed the area but did not find the suspect near the school. The 15-year-old was not enrolled or attending school. Police said his parent had not seen him in several days but did not report him as a runaway.

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