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Two students suspected of threatening violence against Newberg HS

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Two Newberg High students are suspected of threatening violence toward the high school police said Friday.

School officials told FOX 12 the juvenile male students in question are in custody, but on unrelated charges. 

Assistant Superintendent Dave Parker said the students were on parole for other crimes when the threat was made Thursday evening. He said students reported the threat to a counselor not employed at the school, and that person called police.

According to the district, about 100 of the school’s 1,500 students left school early Friday because of the threat.

Junior Ha'ane Cruz said she’d heard a lot of rumors about what the students were planning, and was too scared to stay in class.

“It’s really scary and gives me anxiety,” Cruz said. “Newberg is a pretty good high school, but they need to be better at organizing a lockdown or something.”

Parker said school is safe, although a morning assembly was canceled Friday and there was a greater police presence on campus out of precaution.

Police and school officials are still investigating the threat and did not disclose the nature of the threat or how it was made.

Parent Yvonne Ronan picked up her twin daughters around noon after they texted her asking to be picked up.

"It’s quiet, just really eerie quiet,” Ronan said of the campus. “My girls already have anxiety so I just need to bring them home.”

Parker credits the students who reported the threat to ensuring the school’s safety. He wants to remind students to always report suspicious activity or any rumors that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

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