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High school in Lincoln City receives shooting threat, 4 schools closed in response

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The decision to close four schools in Lincoln City stood firm Friday morning after Taft High School received a shooting threat. 

Late Thursday night, school officials chose to close Oceanlake Elementary School, Taft Elementary School, Taft High School and Career Tech High School for the day Friday.

The decision was made after a Taft High School student found a note on a bulletin board in the girls' bathroom that threatened a school shooting Friday. 

The student reported the message to the school and police launched an investigation. 

An alert and a call went out in the evening to inform students and parents.

“We have a really tight-knit community,” Sue Graves with Lincoln County Schools said. “We wanted to give our families and our students time to plan for today, so we made that decision and that decision was final, and I think it was the right call.”

Officials said officers worked through the night to investigate the threat and interviewed almost 40 students, but have not located a suspect although Jerry Palmer, from Lincoln City Police, said the school has implemented security cameras.

“With that information and the help of the major crime team deploying additional resources, we were able to fairly rapidly locate and interview the students that we thought might have some information,” Palmer said.

Police believe the threat wasn't credible, but the schools will remain closed Friday and the student who wrote the message could face charges. 

The school district said classes would be back in session Monday. 

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