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Student arrested after threat left in high school restroom

A Grants Pass High School student is being held at the Josephine County Detention Center for allegedly leaving a written threat in a bathroom.

The juvenile was taken into custody for disorderly conduct in the first degree and will be held at the Josephine County Juvenile Detention Center.

District officials will likely follow-up with the student regarding the incident.

The Grants Pass Police Department received a report just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from personnel at Grants Pass High School about a written threat left in a bathroom on campus.

The post indicated violence at the school at a specific time, which is now in the past, according to a police department press release.

Officers and detectives immediately responded to the school and took precautions to counter any threats and investigate the criminal act. And the department worked with the school staff and administration from District 7 to ensure the safety of students at the school.

“The Grants Pass Police Department would like to make certain that the public is aware that all threats of harm to students and staff at our schools are taken seriously and will be fully investigated,” police stressed.

Police were made aware of the threat and additional resources monitored other schools within the district. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office also has been advised of the threat to ensure deputies were aware to monitor schools within the Three Rivers District.

The school was put on “Lock Out” while the investigation was conducted. This process is when the perimeter of a campus is secured so no one can enter and went on for about 45 minutes, according to a school district representative.

Grants Pass Police officers and detectives, along with the school resource officer, identified the juvenile suspect student and contacted him at his residence.

“Our partnership with the schools involves school resource officers and school marshals, who are armed, sworn officers, on campuses across the city schools,” the release explained.

Police thanked those “who have had the courage to say something when they felt something they heard or saw was suspicious.”