BANDON - On, Monday, March 12, it was brought to the attention of school officials and the Bandon Police Department that a Bandon High School student had made threats of violence in a previous week.
According to the Police Department, the student was suspended, and a risk assessment was conducted on Tuesday by officials.
"We will advise the outcome of the risk assessment in the near future," said Police Chief Bob Webb.
The student will not be able to return to school until a determination is made. It is not believed that the threats were viable, but the Bandon Police Department issued a press release to notify the community. Several concerned parents attended the Bandon School Board meeting Monday to express their dismay that parents were not notified of the incident.
There was to be an increased police presence at the school on Wednesday, March 14, due to the National Walk Out that was being held nationwide, though Superintendent Doug Ardiana said he did not know of any organized effort on the part of BHS students to hold a walk-out.
"Our district is not sanctioning any events surrounding these planned walk-outs," Ardiana wrote in a letter to students and parents on Tuesday. "While the administration has not been notified of a walk-out at this time, these are all organized by students, parents and community members. That said, it may be possible that students discuss the walk-outs in the normal course of classroom conversation on current events or in connection with other elements of district curriculum."
Ardiana said the district had no plans to resist students or their families from participating in walk-outs or related events.
"Our first priority is to create safe learning spaces for our students," Ardiana wrote.
Students who missed class due to an excused absence will be afforded the opportunity to make up work in accordance with the district's absence procedures, he added.
The 10 a.m. designated 17-minute walk-out time was during students' morning break, which is 10 minutes.
"Just a reminder, no threat is too small to report to the police department or school officials," Chief Webb said. "It is the goal of our entire community to keep our kids safe, and it takes the entire community to make this happen."
The School Board will discuss school safety and security at a public work session at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in the BHS library. Public comment and participation is welcome, Ardiana said.