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Thurston High parent worried after student's alleged violent threats

According to a parent at the school, a student allegedly threatened to kill another student and the art teacher.

Posted: Oct 5, 2021 3:39 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2021 7:25 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A student at Thurston High School has reportedly made several violent threats toward other students and a teacher, according to a parent who has a student at the school.

Catherian Brown said her daughter witnessed the student bringing up Kip Kinkel at their lunch table. She said the boy wondered if the mass shooter had ever sat in the same spot as them. In 1998, Kinkel murdered his parents before opening fire at Thurston, killing two of his classmates and wounding 25 others.

According to Brown and her daughter, the student threatened to kill another student and the art teacher. The boy allegedly talked about killing a girl out of jealousy and hanging her body on the school sign. He then said he wanted to kill his art teacher by "smashing the teacher's head with a hammer." 

Brown said that was the last straw. She told the school and temporarily took her daughter out of classes. According to Brown, the boy is no longer attending classes, but if or when he'll be allowed to come back is unknown.

"There should be a zero-tolerance policy," Brown said. "These things being said are what cause horrific things to happen. People don't just say these things. These are no joke."

Brown said she hopes every parent will be aware of this situation and that the student will not be allowed to come back.

School officials told KEZI there was no weapon on campus or even a threat of a weapon. They did send out a note to parents warning them about the investigation.

School official Jenna McCulley said she hopes parents will trust in them as this investigation continues. She said they have a well established process in place given what happened in the past. 

"Every single incident is evaluated in its totality individually and responded to appropriately for that circumstance. That's what I hope the Thurston community will hear," McCulley said.

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