Police determine threat of violence at East Gresham Elementary School was ‘prank’

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Gresham police(KPTV)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 9:41 PM PDT
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GRESHAM Ore. (KPTV) – The Gresham-Barlow School District is letting families know police have determined threats of violence against the school were a “prank.”

In an email sent to families Monday night, the school district said they learned of a “threat of violence” made against the East Gresham Elementary School. The principal of East Gresham Elementary Kimberly Miles said staff immediately told the school’s security coordinator and called police who began investigating the threat and working with the district.

“The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority. For this reason, I want to make sure you are fully informed regarding a situation that occurred tonight,” the letter to families began.

In a follow-up email, the district told families work had continued with the Gresham Police Department through the night and an investigation determined the threat was a prank.

Despite the investigation’s findings, the district says the school will have increased security presence Tuesday.

East Gresham Elementary went on to say threats of violence aren’t taken lightly and asked parents to monitor and speak to their kids about their social media accounts.

The school ended by asking anyone who sees something out of the ordinary or concerning to report it immediately.

The school will be in session tomorrow for students.