Police: Eugene teenager behind Bend school threat sent over the internet
BEND, Ore. -- A Eugene teenager was behind a recent bomb threat at a Bend high school, according to Bend Police Department.
Last week on November 1, the Bend-La Pine School District received a threat through their website stating a former student would blow up a math class on Friday, November 3.
The threat was taken seriously and reported to the Bend Police Department. Over the next 48 hours, Bend Police, including the school resource officer assigned to Mt. View High School, several detectives and an FBI Special Agent worked with Bend-La Pine IT staff to find the person who made the threat.
Over the next couple days, the identity of the person who made the threat was unknown, but school and police officials felt it was safe for the students of Mt. View High to attend class. This included a sweep of the school on the morning of November 3 by members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, which is comprised of officers from agencies throughout the tri-county area. "These officers spent several hours in the morning making sure the school was safe from suspicious devices and stayed to make sure the students felt safe," Bend Police Dept. said in a news release.
The investigation continued through November 6.
Police say despite the threat being issued through an anonymous "TOR" server, the Bend-La Pine IT staff were able to identify information that led FBI investigators to a suspect in Eugene.
"The FBI assisted and was able to make contact with the people living in the residence where the IP address came back to," police said.
During their interview, they found that a 14-year-old boy had made the threat. Police did not name the minor in their news release.
"The school was thought to be in another state, however, the 14-year -old sent it to Mt. View High School in Bend Oregon," the report said.
Charges that could stem from an incident like this might include Computer Crime (C Felony) and Disorderly Conduct I (A Misdemeanor), police added. "Once all the information is gathered, it will be sent to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office/Juvenile Department, where charges could be filed against the 14-year-old from Eugene."
"Cyber bullying and internet safety is a very real and important mission to tackle in our community today," Bend Police said. "A decision to disrupt a former friend's school turned a school community upside down. As parents, teachers and mentors it is important to convey the message of safety to our children and community members. The actions we take online may not just effect the intended 'targets,' but likely more people and possibly in other communities."
This incident utilized more than 10 law enforcement officers and multiple Bend-La Pine school staff on multiple days, police said, adding it disrupted an entire school community for a day and, "most importantly, placed fear into community members of Bend."
"Local and Federal agencies worked together with the Bend-La Pine School District to successfully confront this threat," Bend Police said. "Any future threats to our schools will be pursued with this same tenacity."