SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A 13-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly making a shooting threat against Briggs Middle School.
Springfield police confirmed that the boy was arrested and lodged at Serbu Juvenile Justice Center on a first-degree disorderly conduct charge. He is also facing disciplinary measures with the school.
Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Springfield Police Department said police investigated the threat Thursday night.
The eighth-grade student reportedly threatened to "shoot up the school tomorrow."
Police interviewed the involved students, the alleged offender and his parents.
The youth reportedly told officers he made comments he would bring a gun and "shoot up the school."
Police said the boy told them he was being bullied by other kids.
Springfield Police issued the following statement:
"While recent incidents around the country leave us all with a heightened sense of anxiety around school safety, the Springfield Police Department and the Springfield School District wish to assure the public that we continue to make strides in increasing the safety of our schools. Our focus remains on creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all."
Authorities are using the situation to remind the public that making or implying threats of violence to cause the public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm is a crime. Parents should remind their children of the seriousness of doing so, regardless of circumstance. Anyone who hears such threats should report the incident to parents, school officials and the police.
If you have any additional information, contact police at 541-726-3714.