LA PINE, OR -- For the second time in eight days, a Bend-La Pine student is arrested for allegedly making threats against a school. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, a student at La Pine High contacted a School Resource Officer as he arrived on campus, Wednesday morning, to report a possible threat. The suspect student was identified and removed from class.
After questioning the 15-year-old suspect and other possible witnesses, investigators believe the boy made threats to the safety of students and staff on three occasions over the past two months; the most recent occurred earlier this week and involved using a firearm. He's now at a juvenile facility, charged with three counts of disorderly conduct.
Superintendent Shay Mikalson issued a statement expressing frustration over the alleged threats. But, he commended the student who reported the situation and said he was very proud of the young person. His full letter to families:
February 28, 2018
It is with mixed emotions that I share the following news with you. A student was arrested this morning by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice facility on disorderly conduct charges. This arrest came after we received a ‘tip’, at the start of the school day, that a youth allegedly made a threat – or threats — to the safety of the La Pine High School student body and staff.
Our staff and School Resource Officer responded immediately and made contact with the student in question. He remained with deputies, at school, as the allegations were investigated. The student was ultimately transported and lodged in the Juvenile Justice facility, mid-day today. I am attaching the DCSO press release, which includes more information on their investigation.
It is our hope that parents can take a moment tonight to have age-appropriate conversations with their children about what they would consider a threat and how they would report suspicious activity, self-harm and/or violence toward others. We believe that we can continue to work together to provide safe schools for our children by continuing to support our ‘see something, say something’ dialogue.
While I am frustrated that another student allegedly threatened our well-being, I want to commend the student who reported this to our School Resource Officer and administration. I am very proud of this young person.
Thank you for your continued support,
Shay Mikalson, Superintendent