14-year-old faces charges in Roseburg school threat case

The threat was found Jan. 18 at Fremont Middle School, and it indicated an act of violence was going to occur on a different date.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 10:41 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 10:43 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A 14-year-old girl was taken into custody in Roseburg after police said she wrote a school threat on a bathroom stall.

The threat was found Jan. 18 at Fremont Middle School, and it indicated an act of violence was going to occur on a different date.

Winchester Elementary School lockdown

On Tuesday, Winchester Elementary School went into lockdown as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office pursued suspects across school grounds.

Principal Rick Snyder said they were arrested at the bottom of the campus on Pioneer Way. He said the lockdown went into effect at about 10:30 a.m. and lasted about three minutes.

Principal Ben Bentea said during an investigation by school staff and police, they quickly deemed the threat was not credible for multiple reasons, including the fact that the date written on the stall doesn’t exist -- Feb. 30.

The school resource officer identified the girl as the person who wrote the threat. Police said during an interview she said she’d written the threat to try and get school canceled but had no intention of hurting anyone.

The teenager was lodged at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center. She faces charges of first-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief.

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