Fern Ridge Families, I wanted to update you with as much information as I can, while not compromising the investigation being done by both local and Federal authorities.
- What was the threat? In simple terms, it was that violence was going to occur on the EHS campus (there was a minor reference to FRMS)—No specific names were used and it was mostly directed towards staff.
- Was there more than one person making threats? At this time, we believe it was one person.
- Why re-open school if the person hasn’t been caught? The decision to close school was made in conjunction and consultation with local authorities, as was the decision to re-open.
- Is the investigation over? No, multiple law enforcement agencies continue to work this case. I remain hopeful we will identify the individual(s).
- Will you continue to provide updates? I will continue to provide updates as warranted.
- Can I keep my student home from school? If you believe this is what is best for you and your family at this time, then yes. Please contact the school and work with the office and teachers regarding school work.
Thank-you for your continued patience and understanding. This incident, ensuring students and staff are safe, and identifying the individuals that are involved, continues to be our top priority.
Gary E. Carpenter, Jr.
Superintendent, Fern Ridge School District