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Overheard gun talk leads to police presence at Silverton school

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SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Police officers patrolled a Silverton middle school Wednesday, after a student said he heard classmates talk about shooting people.

The student reported overhearing a group of kids talk about getting a gun and shooting people as he left Mark Twain Middle School Wednesday.

The student reported it to his parents, who then contacted administrators.

The Silver Falls School District sent out a telephone messages to parents advising them of the situation and the plan to have police at the school Thursday. The message also said classes would continue as planned.

Superintendent Andy Bellando said there was no context, names or timeline to what the student overheard. Bellando said the school itself was also not referenced in regards to a possible shooting, from what the student heard.

Still, Bellando said about a third of the parents for the 315 students at Mark Twain Middle School kept their kids home for the day.

Administrators said they reviewed the school's security cameras and were able to identify the children who allegedly made the comments.

Principal Dandy Stevens sent a letter home to parents Thursday saying there was no credible threat in this case.

"Through the course of the interviews we learned that there was no viable, specific threat to our students or staff. The students interviewed confirmed that the portion of the conversation overheard was in reference to a situation that in no way involved a threat to our community. Appropriate responses with those involved have occurred as well as communication with their parents."

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