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Threat Of Mass Shooting Avoided In Newberg High School
by Holly Hofstead - The Oregon Herald
  Wednesday March 16, 2016 - 9:56 AM
NEWBERG, Oregon - The Newberg-Dundee Police Department say a Newberg High School student had plans to get a gun and had already compiled a list of student and faculty targets in a plan to attack the high school campus.

Police quickly detained two unidentified high school students after working with school district officials who received information to police. Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the two students had committed probation violations.

Newberg-Dundee police assured the school that students and staff would be safe when school opened on March 4th. At that time two juveniles were in custody and police increased their presence in and around campus.

Since that time, classes and activities have resumed as usual. Counselors have been available to students and the school has continued to communicate with parents and staff as they were able, including the fact that the students in custody would not be returning to campus.

Newberg High School continues to follow the policies and procedures in place to keep school safe. Safety plans and practices are in place. The school and police department have a strong partnership that ensures safety.

One of the juveniles, a 17-year-old boy, now faces allegations of first-degree attempted assault and attempted unlawful use of a weapon, wanting to shoot fellow students. He is being charged as a juvenile.

Investigators learned the 17-year-old planned to carry out the attack within a couple of months.

"We take the safety and security of our schools very seriously, and no one has a right to threaten that safety," Kosmicki said. "School safety is one of our highest priorities and most important responsibilities. School staffs continue to assess and look for ways to increase and improve safety at all Newberg schools".

Claudia Stewart, Newberg Public Schools communications coordinator, could not comment on specifics of Tuesday's update because of the active investigation.

"Because the police and the DA's office have released this information, we are now working to follow-up with parents and staff," she said Tuesday. "The school district will begin disciplinary action as soon as the students are released from custody."

Photo: Newberg High School Commons.

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