Banks school officials cancel classes over threat

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BANKS, Ore. - Students in the small Oregon community of Banks stayed home from school Friday after the superintendent said a parent notified them of a possible threat against students.

"A decision to call off school Friday, December 21, was a precautionary safety measure," Banks School District Superintendent Bob Huston said in an email to KATU News.

"It was triggered by a parent reporting to the police last night an alleged threat of violence, which her child overheard at the High School on December 20. The alleged act of violence was to take place on December 21," Huston said.

There are three schools in the community. All were closed Friday. Banks is located northwest of Portland.

On the Banks School District website Friday morning, a lengthy post to parents by Huston outlined safety concerns, reflection on the Sandy Hook shootings and an excerpt of a column by Eric Mortenson on civility.

The threat and cancellation of classes in Banks comes one week after 26 people, including 20 young students, were shot and killed at a grade school in Connecticut.

Several threats at schools in Oregon and Washington were investigated on Thursday. A 12-year-old girl was arrested after she sent a text about a shooting, but police said she sent it to herself.


Complete email from Banks School District Superintendent Bob Huston

RE: School Closure Due To An Alleged Threat of Violence

A decision to call off school Friday, December 21, was a precautionary safety measure. It was triggered by a parent reporting to the police last night an alleged threat of violence, which her child overheard at the High School on December 20. The alleged act of violence was to take place on December 21. Given that our campus area for all three schools is relatively small, all schools were closed. Anyone with information regarding this alleged threat of violence is encouraged to call Mark Everett or Jacob Pence at the High School immediately (503-324-2281). The investigation is continuing by the District and Sheriff's Office. All extracurricular activities scheduled for Friday, December 21 have been canceled.