BEND, OR -- A local high school student is under investigation for threats he allegedly made to a school 3,000 miles away. Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Connecticut issued a safety alert, Wednesday night (see below), saying they had received a social media post warning students not go to school. Investigators tracked the Instagram post to Bend.
Bend Police Lt. Clint Burleigh tells KBND News, "The call came in first to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and when it was determined that the person that had made some threats – or some statements – to a high school in Connecticut, they found out that he lived in Bend and goes to a high school here in the city of Bend proper, the information was passed on to our Patrol Division. We’ve been working to make sure our schools are safe and that there’s no risk to anybody else."
Lt. Burleigh says it’s an ongoing investigation, "We don’t see that there’s a threat to our community or the community in Connecticut, right now; there’s nothing we can verify or corroborate. Again, being an ongoing investigation, it’s tough for me to release a lot of information. But, we are going to do everything we can, working with Bend-La Pine Schools and working with our partners here in Bend to handle these situations." He declined to comment whether the boy would face charges, saying, "At this point, I can’t really go into any detail, other than, when we got the information, we wrapped in our school district and our School Resource Officer and we made sure to take care of this situation as immediate and as efficiently as we could." While the suspect is a high school student in Bend, Burleigh says no local schools were involved in the incident.
According to The Bulletin, an eastern Connecticut newspaper, the incident comes two weeks after an NFA student was arrested for allegedly sharing threatening content on social media.