Two Hillsboro schools go into lockout after social media threat; teens arrested

Social media threat against schools

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- As parents and guardians arrived to pick up kids in Hillsboro at South Meadows Middle School and Witch Hazel Elementary, some were still dealing with the day's disturbing social media threat.

Vicki Lee's daughter went home early.

“And still...she's at home petrified and doesn’t want to go back to school tomorrow,” said Lee.

The schools went into lockout Tuesday morning after a student reported a social media threat against students at South Meadows. The threat was posted last night and seemed to target Wednesday or Thursday, according to district spokeswoman Beth Graser.

She said the threat was somewhat general but was posted with a picture of guns.

“More along the lines of people are going to pay for this. More as a retaliatory, I’m frustrated, upset,” she said.

Police arrested two teens who attend the school. They are 13 and 14 years old.

The schools went in to lockout, which means no one can come in. It’s not as serious as lockdown, which means everyone is huddled on the ground.

Hillsboro police Sgt. Eric Bunday said there is zero tolerance for threats posted on social media.

“When you put stuff on social media, it’s out there. It’s like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube. Once it’s out, you cannot get it back in. And once it’s out there its going to scare people and that's when you're going to start facing criminal charges,” he said.

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