BEND, OR -- Cascade Middle School was put into "lock-out" for about an hour, Friday afternoon. "The staff there had received information that there was a threat to the school, so they followed their protocol. They did an outstanding job of putting their kids into a safe position by going into the lockout," Bend Police Lt. Jason Maniscalco tells KBND News.
Nearby Seven Peaks School also implemented additional security measures during the investigation.
Lt. Maniscalco would not release specifics on the nature of the threat, but says school officials acted appropriately. "We sent officers there and made sure the kids were secure, then we began our investigation. Once we received the information about who made the threat, we contacted them. They were not on campus and they were subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct."
"I want to express my appreciation to Bend Police Department for their expeditious response to our school" Cascade Principal Stephanie Bennett said in a letter sent home with students Friday afternoon. "I also want to make it clear that we will not tolerate copycats. Anyone found making threats to our school will be disciplined and subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law."
The Bend-La Pine School District has a "text a tip" line at 541-600-4267 for parents or students to notify officials of potential threats.