Teen arrested for threatening to blow up Salem school, police say

Teen arrested for threatening to blow up Salem school, police say »Play Video

SALEM, Ore. – Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy, who they say threatened to blow up his school.

Police say the boy threatened to blow up Oasis Brooks, a small alternative school on 10653 71st Street NE, after he became angry with his teachers.

The threat was reported to police at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say they searched the boy’s home but found no bombs or bomb-making materials. They say he admitted to them that he threatened to build a bomb and blow up the school.

The boy was taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention Center and faces charges of menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Oasis Academy has 24 students, all of them in either elementary or middle school.

the school holds classes inside the Pioneer School Building near Brooks.

One sign in a classroom at Oasis Academy warns students not to make threats, even if they're intended as a joke.

“Just with, you know, today's events and today's climates,” says Sergeant Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, “we just can't have incidents like this happening within in our schools.  We're just going to take these types of incidents very serious.”

The Willamette Education Service District, which runs Oasis Academy, plans to meet with the boy's family on Friday.

The district says it has never had this kind of threat from a student in the two years since Oasis Academy first opened.

KATU's Bob Heye contributed to this story.