Of the Keizertimes

Two bomb threats at two Keizer schools in two days was unusual enough.

That makes three such threats in four school days all the more unusual.

McNary High School parents received an automated phone message last Thursday, Dec. 10 about a threat found at the school that day.

School was open as usual Dec. 11, but with extra security. Attendance was lower than usual.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief of the Keizer Police Department, said the threat was being investigated.

“We treat any and all threats made against a school as a very serious matter and investigate each accordingly as a criminal matter,” Kuhns said. “The Salem-Keizer School District and the Keizer Police Department are working together on this matter.”

On the afternoon of Dec. 11, a new threat was discovered at Claggett Creek Middle School. Jay Remy, Communications director for SKSD, confirmed CCMS parents were notified via phone about the incident.

“Due to a bathroom graffiti bomb threat, the kids at Claggett Creek Middle School were taken right across the street to Weddle Elementary School,” Remy said. “They were there for about 40 minutes. We ask parents to remind students that making threats can result in criminal charges and school consequences.”

Students were supervised inside Weddle until the normal release time, with buses picking up CCMS students at Weddle. The release time for Weddle students was not impacted.

McNary was the target of another threat, with this one being found on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Jay Crystal, assistant principal at MHS, sent out a phone message to parents.

“On Tuesday, a graffiti bomb threat message was found on a bathroom wall in