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Teen identified as suspect in 'hoax' bomb threat against Harrisburg schools

Bomb threat at Harrisburg Middle School determined a "hoax"

HARRISBURG, Ore. - A 14-year-old student faces accusations of leaving notes threatening to blow up schools in Harrisburg, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The first note, found at 9:33 a.m. Monday, threatened to blow up Harrisburg Middle School at 11 a.m.

Students and staff evacuated the middle school and nearby Harrisburg Elementary School, and parents were notified.

Deputies worked with Oregon State Police and Federal Protective Services to search the building. Nothing was found, and the sheriff's office deemed the note a hoax.

A second note was found Tuesday just before noon at Harrisburg Elementary School.

"Deputies responded and determined there were no real threats to the schools or nearby community," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

The investigation led deputies to a 14-year-old middle school student. The student cooperated with deputies, and the case has been referred to the county juvenile department, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Bruce Riley asked parents "to talk with their kids and make sure they understand the seriousness of these kinds of 'pranks'," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The Linn County Sheriff's Office takes any threat to the community seriously and will conduct a full investigation into these incidents."

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