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News Release
Threat Of School Shooting Written on Bathroom Wall At Junction City High School - 01/23/20

On Thursday January 23rd, 2020 at approximately 3:13 PM the administrative staff of the Junction City High School reported that an unknown individual had written a message on a bathroom wall indicating the author was going to “shoot-up” the school tomorrow, presumably Friday, January 24th, 2020.

Junction City Police Officers immediately responded and began an investigation in conjunction with Junction City High School administrative staff.  The newly installed state-of-the-art closed circuit television system is proving to play a vital role in the investigation of this incident.

The Junction City Police Department has a strong and positive working relationship with the Junction City School District and at their request we will ensure there is highly-visible police presence on the high school campus tomorrow to ensure all staff, students, and visitors are safe and protected.  Anyone having any information on this incident is urged to immediately contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

This is an on-going criminal investigation.  Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

The following is the exact message that was sent by Junction City High School administration to all staff and parents of the high school earlier this afternoon.

A message from JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

Junction City High School is committed to the safety and education of all our students. Essential to this commitment is open communication with parents about safety issues when they arise. For this reason, we want to make you aware of the facts surrounding a threat that was found written in a restroom on campus this afternoon, Thursday, January 23rd. 

After school we were made aware of the threat, which stated "I'm gonna shoot up the school tomorrow at 0900 hours.  Be ready." Followed by the date, 1/23/20.

Safety and security of students and staff is our first priority. We contacted local law enforcement immediately and are working with the Junction City Police Department to investigate the threat.  We ask that you speak to your students this evening, and that ANY INFORMATION YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE REGARDING THIS THREAT be reported directly to the Junction City Police Department 541-998-1245.  Reports can also be made anonymously through the SafeOregon website, by using the mobile app, or by calling or texting 844-472-3367.

While classes will resume as usual tomorrow, we ask that you notify us if you decide to keep your child home. There will be an increased police presence in and around the school and counselors will be available for students needing support.  All threats to our school or students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. If you discover anything that can assist in the investigation, please contact us immediately.

Thank you for your continued support. We will let you know as soon as possible when the situation has been resolved and will provide updated information if it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dina Marschall & Brian Young

Co- Principals, Junction City High School

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