BEND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson is calling on state lawmakers to increase penalties for people who threaten violence against schools. The district and local law enforcement have investigated four school threats in the past two weeks; one was deemed credible and a student was arrested.
Mikalson sent a letter Monday to three Central Oregon State Representatives and two State Senators, asking them to take action during this short session. He wants a new felony crime of “Terroristic Threat,” funding provided for threat assessment teams and extended detention periods for kids who make threats or use weapons – to allow more time to develop a safety plan prior to their release. Read his full letter HERE
He also emailed parents asking that families secure weapons and pills. Mikalson said in the letter, "During these tough times, it may be best to give your weapons or pills to a friend for safekeeping. Temporarily holding pills, a gun, knife or other weapon for a loved one or friend can help that person get through stressful periods safely. It is a temporary step until things get better." He encouraged families to take advantage of free cable locks offered by Bend Police.