BEND, OR -- Summit High School in Bend is operating on a normal schedule today, despite a threat discovered Wednesday. Parents and students were notified by email late Wednesday night that graffiti was found in a bathroom containing a threat directed toward the school.
Julianne Repman, with the Bend-La Pine School District, tells KBND News, "We will not tolerate threats against our students, staff or schools. So, even though we have no evidence that this is a credible threat today, we’re not going to take the situation lightly. We’ve let our students, staff and parents know that we want them to report anything that they see today, or any day, that doesn’t look right to law enforcement or another adult." Students are encouraged to contact the main office at 541-355-4000 with any information on the vandalism, or they can text an anonymous tip to 541-241-8704.
"We absolutely will not tolerate copy cats of this situation. Anyone found making any type of a threat to any of our schools will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," adds Repman. Bend Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office have stepped up patrols around Summit and all schools in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver today. But, Repman says students are taking it in stride. "We actually have had students saying, 'We’re showing our strength and we’re happy to be here.' So, everyone has really come together and they’re showing that the Storm family is a strong family."
The school district is working with law enforcement to track the source of the threat.