Portland police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Thursday after investigating threats of a school shooting at Wilson High School.
After looking into the threats posted online, detectives ultimately determined there was no credible risk toward any students at the school and that the student didn't have the means to carry out an actual shooting at the southwest Portland school.
A 911 caller from Michigan first reported seeing the threat Wednesday night on the website 4chan.org, and Portland police learned from another police agency they had a similar call in their jurisdiction because they, too, have a Wilson High School.
The teen who posted the threat said he was going to shoot people at Wilson High School at noon on Thursday.
The Long Beach (CA) Police Department also received calls from concerned people in their city, and those officers were able to determine the threats were linked to an address in southwest Portland.
Portland police, with help from Portland Public Schools, Wilson High School staff and the FBI, then determined the identity of the person who likely posted the threats, and took the teen into custody.
Police said the teen's family fully cooperated with officers in order to safely take him into custody.
His case has been referred to the juvenile court.
Wilson High School Principal Brian Chatard sent the following e-mail to parents with regards to the threat:
Yesterday evening I became aware of a threat to Wilson students and staff. Individuals on a web site informed us that a disturbing message had been anonymously posted indicating a threat to the school. I immediately began an investigation, contacting the Portland Public Schools Security Office and Portland Police. Through the night the police and I continued to follow up on the threat and were able to identify its source. Police have contacted the individual responsible and have notified me that the threat was not credible. The safety and wellbeing of the students and staff of Wilson High School is my highest priority and I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that this school is a safe place. Let's make this a great day
Brian Chatard Principal Wilson High School
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