A Facebook post threatening Springfield High School in Oregon prompted investigations in Salem Wednesday night due to a vague threat against SHS.
A post from “Ray Andres” was circulated around local Facebook pages this evening indicating “Yes SHS is the school I want” followed by “I will not begin telling people what my name is, but I will bring a gun to school Tomorrow, so be prepared to hear gunshots.”
Not know that SHS was really refering to a threat earlier this week at Springfield High School in Ohio, police and school administrators began investigation the post.
According to Joe Keith at the Salem Police Department, Salem police through an investigation with the Indiana State Police and the Scottsburg Police Department, have determined this is not an immanent threat.
The Salem School board and superintendent were aware of this earlier this evening and have been notified by police.
There is no “Ray Andres” enrolled at Salem Schools.
There will be an audio message delivered to parents this evening.
The threat in Springfield Oregon was made known to police on Monday night.
Out of an abundance of caution Springfield police made their presence known at the school Tuesday, with the school resource officer and three additional officers patrolling the area.
No threat was identified, but police continued to monitor the campus throughout Tuesday.
Springfield School District spokeswoman Jen McCulley said Tuesday that the added police presence was “purely precautionary.”
“Springfield police let us know of the issue last night, and district administrators got together with police this morning and decided there was no credible threat,” McCulley said. “In light of everything going on nationally, we just wanted everyone to feel safe.”
McCulley said the district issued automated calls to families as well as an email from school administrators to explain why police were present Tuesday.
In the past few days, seven students have been arrested for making threats to schools in Austin, Columbus, Bloomington, Paoli, Vincennes and Evansville.