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BEND, OR -- The FBI and local law enforcement are investigating a bomb threat made against Bend’s Mountain View High School. Principal Katie Legace emailed families Thursday night (below), explaining the school would open Friday as scheduled, although sweeps of the property will continue throughout the day. The district is also increasing the police presence at Mountain View and other schools. 

 

A person threatened to “blow up a math class,” and Legace says authorities are working to track down from where the threat originated so the person responsible can be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 
 
The school was also the target of a shooting threat, October 10. Legace says a student was disciplined for participating in that incident and the case has been referred to Deschutes County's District  Attorney's Office for criminal charges.
 

Mountain View High Families,

 

I am writing you tonight to share information about a bomb threat received by our school and to ask that you help us identify the person, or persons, responsible.

 

Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students and we want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise. At this hour, we are working with local law enforcement and the FBI. They have an open investigation underway, and are allowing us to share that the threat came from a person threatening to blow up a math class at school tomorrow. Further details are being withheld to allow law enforcement the ability to properly interview and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.

 

We will not tolerate this, or any continued threats to our students, staff and school and will work diligently to find those responsible and to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

 

Further, sweeps of our school will take place between now and the start of school tomorrow morning, as well as at undisclosed times on Friday. We will have increased law enforcement at Mountain View on Friday and the law enforcement presence around schools throughout the district will be ramped up as well.

 

We will have school tomorrow and Mountain View High School will continue to be a safe place to learn.

 

We wanted you to have the facts so you can discuss them with your student and emphasize the seriousness of this issue. Students may face discipline for making verbal or written statements, even if perceived to have been in jest or in an effort to avoid a class/test, etc., if the statements cause a disruption to the learning environment. Additionally, the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, which could include restitution for the sweeps of our school and law enforcement efforts.

 

I want to reiterate that we take threats to our safety very seriously. Though we do not share specific discipline information sanctioned against our students for threats to school, I do want to let you know that we disciplined a student for their participation in the October 10 threat shared with you last month, law enforcement pressed charges and referred the case to the District Attorney’s Office and a threat assessment was completed.

 

If you discover anything that can assist in the investigation, please contact us immediately or call the non-emergency police phone line at 541.693.6911.

 

Thank you for your support, Cougar community.

Katie Legace

Principal, Mountain View High School

 

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