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Updated Information to Potential Threats Against Ashland High School, APD Press Release

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                                   
PRESS RELEASE
 
October 2, 2015
 
***UPDATED INFORMATION***
 
 
Potential Threats Against Ashland High School Investigated
 
Updated information: On the evening of October 1, 2015 members of the APD located and contacted the man who had posted the statements on Facebook. The man appeared to be cooperative with the investigation and claimed that he did not have any malicious intent in making the statements. The officers’ contact with the man, and the manner in which he cooperated, leads the APD to believe he is not a threat. The man will not face any criminal charges.
 
The APD and the Ashland School District take seriously any potential threat to our schools and students. Any future threats will be investigated and any available enforcement action taken. While this potential threat appears to have subsided, this incident has highlighted the excellent working relationship between the APD and the Ashland School District.
 
 
Original information: On October 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. the Ashland Police Department received an email from a former resident of Ashland. The email included screenshots of another former Ashland High School student’s Facebook page in which a firearm was displayed along with two statements that were somewhat threatening and alarming. These statements alluded to this man’s desire to exact revenge on some people in his life. Given the events in Roseburg today, and the on-going threat of school violence, this is a situation which the police department and the school administration take quite seriously.
 
APD immediately contacted Ashland High School and it was determined that the man is no longer a student at the school. APD stayed in touch with the administration of the high school, and it was mutually agreed that the high school’s Homecoming Parade should be cancelled. APD was able to determine that the image shown was a stock image available on the internet, and not a picture taken by the person that posted it.
 
The APD, along with the administration of the school, also decided that while the situation did not represent a direct, articulated threat, it raised enough concern that APD officers should be present on the school campus as the school day ended. The students were held an extra ten minutes to ensure their safety, and were then released for the day.
 
The APD and the AHS administration will always take every step possible to ensure the safety of the students and staff of the high school, and all other Ashland schools.
 
APD has tentatively identified the man who posted the images and statements and APD detectives are working on locating him.
 
The Homecoming Parade will be rescheduled, and all other school events are proceeding as planned.
 
  
*Press inquiries please contact Deputy Chief Warren Hensman  at 541 482 5211*
 

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