Teen suspects arrested for school shooting threats in Keizer neighborhood

Graffiti found in Keizer neighborhood - KATU photos from Jackie Labrecque

KEIZER, Ore. – A weeks-long investigation into school shooting threats at Salem's McKay High School ended with three Clark County, Washington teenagers in custody, police officials said.

The investigation started November 15 when people living in North Keizer awoke to find threatening messages spray painted on garage doors and fences through the neighborhood.

The graffiti included several statements, including “School Shooting today @MKAY,” “29+ Dead today bombs everywhere,” and “Sandyhook2.”

While the graffiti was found in a Keizer neighborhood, McKay High School is located in Salem.

Law enforcement officials worked closely with the Salem-Keizer School District to investigate the threats and ensure student safety.

Police later said they don’t believe the threats were credible or that the suspects “had the means or intent to carry out any of the threats.”

Over the next five weeks, the Keizer Police detective and school resource officer assigned to the case managed to identify three suspects – two 18-year-olds and a minor that live in the Vancouver area.

Police cited and released one of the suspects, 18-year-old Christian Thomas, however he did not show up for his Marion County court date on December 18. There’s now an open warrant for his arrest, and police ask anyone who knows where he is to call (503) 390-3713.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old Vancouver boy on November 29. He faces disorderly conduct and criminal mischief charges.

On December 20, police cited 18-year-old Christopher Bensch on the same charges. He’s set to appear in court on January 11.

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