Threat against Philomath High School confirmed as a hoax

On Thursday night a student’s Facebook account was hacked and used to send a threatening message, the sheriff’s office said.

Posted: Dec 13, 2019 8:13 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2019 10:33 AM

PHILOMATH, Ore. -- A potential attack against Philomath High School that went out on social media has been confirmed as a hoax, authorities have confirmed.

Philomath High School Principal Mike Bussard is assuring parents and students that there is no threat to the school.

“It is unfortunate that such an event has touched our community,” he said. “Rest assured our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community at large.”

School is open Friday and the Philomath Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are providing an extra presence at the school.

On Thursday night, a student’s Facebook account was hacked and used to send a threatening message towards the school, the sheriff’s office said. Early Friday morning an IP address was traced to Colorado, and authorities there contacted a 16-year-old boy who they said hacked into the account and sent out the threatening message. The reason given was to “troll” the account on Friday the 13th.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said it takes such threats seriously and called in extra resources to resolve the issue quickly.

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