McMinnville HS to have added security Thursday after threat of violence

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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A threat of violence was found at McMinnville High School last week, prompting the school district to have a greater police presence on Thursday.

The message “R.I.P. MHS, 3/1” was found in the bathroom of a local store, district officials said.

Law enforcement is reviewing surveillance video from the store, and the district plans to have more officers around campus out of an abundance of caution.

They took a student into custody two weeks prior for a different threat of violence.

"In the immediate aftermath of a tragedy like the one in Parkland, it is common for schools all over the country to experience an uptick in threats of violence," a spokesperson said.

The district applauds students who "saw something and said something." Officials sent a letter home to parents and students on Wednesday that outlined safety protocols and other steps they’ve taken to keep children safe.

"Bravo, good job. I agree one hundred percent. Even if my kids went here, I would be supporting it. So thank you, thank you," said Tammy Morrison whose kids recently went to MHS. She posted the letter on Facebook, hoping to let other parents know.

"We have to take responsibility ourselves and stand up and protect our kids, even if it’s nothing -- speak up, you’ve got to speak up. It’s getting overwhelming with how these kids want to hurt each other so bad," said Morrison.

The district will be hosting an information session with law enforcement and administrators at 6 p.m., March 14 in the McMinnville HS auditorium.

You can read the full letter online.

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