NEWPORT — Following the false bomb threat made on Newport High School on Tuesday, authorities are still investigating and Superintendent Karen Gray announced that district has been informed that the FBI is now involved in investigating the hoax.
“We await their successful investigation,” Gray said.
There have been several recent bomb threats to different schools around Oregon, but on the topic of this threat being connected to others, School Resource Officer Thomas Lekas said, “We have not confirmed that yet.”
The threat, which was received early Tuesday afternoon, resulted in the high school being evacuated and students being held at Newport Middle School until the situation was determined to be safe. The disruption resulted in lost class time, late busses and fear.
“The school district takes these matters very seriously. We are outraged by anyone who would choose to frighten children and families with such threats of violence and also who would purposely waste valuable instructional time and energy,” said Gray. “We will continue to drill and practice for such situations and to always err on the side of student health and safety. We will continue to attempt to communicate with everyone in a timely and clear manner about these events so that folks don't panic or feel afraid.”
That diligence seemed to serve them well on Tuesday, as NHS assistant principal Adam Scarberry reported.
"The entire staff of both Newport High School and Newport Middle School worked together as a team alongside our Newport Police Department and the Newport Fire Department to pull off a well-executed evacuation and keep our youth safe and calm,” said Scarberry. “It was an incredible team effort and I feel like our community of parents and students handled the situation very well. We are proud of of our students, team and community partners. I am especially proud of the maturity our students showed during this event."
That sentiment was echoed by a Newport parent, who commented on high school’s Facebook page.
“I was very impressed with the way this threat was handled by NHS staff and students,” wrote Amy Whipple Anderson. “Not only was the evacuation orderly and without incident, but parents were notified before school got out. Thanks for keeping our kids safe and for keeping us informed in a timely manner.”