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Activities continue as scheduled this evening at Liberty High

The Hillsboro School DIstrict has sent out a final communication to Liberty High School families after some social media threats made by two former students came to the attention of school administration this morning.

All evening activities at the school will continue as scheduled. Anyone attending events should be aware there will be an increased presence of uniformed police officers on site this evening.

The following is a letter from Liberty High principal Greg Timmons:

"Dear Liberty Families,

I wanted to write to you again to debrief the day’s events and hopefully answer some remaining questions.

This morning, I was made aware of some concerning activity that took place on social media last night.  Initially, information indicated that there were threats of a fight between a handful of individuals that had escalated to threats of violence involving weapons.

We immediately began working with police to investigate and sent out an initial communication to staff and parents via e-mail; this communication was also posted to the District website. 

By 10am, what we knew was that the threats had come from two former students and were directed at a current student.  There had been no mention of weapons.  Police believe the “weapons” confusion may have been added when a student re-tweeted a message that had been sent out by a Beaverton High School student earlier this week, and do not believe there was a credible threat toward the school.

At that time, I sent out an automated message to families and also delivered a message to staff and Dear students over the public address system.

Just before noon, a message was added to the District website and our website that provided updates to what we knew, corrected earlier misinformation, and addressed lingering rumors.

Because there wasn’t a threat against the school, we are planning to have all future events go on as scheduled, including this afternoon’s basketball games at 4:15pm, 5:45pm, and 7:15pm, and the school play “Still Life with Iris” at 7pm.  To help ease fears and add another layer of security, however, there will be a uniformed police officer on site through the evening.

The safety and security of our staff and students is our top priority.  We take these events seriously and are grateful to the parents and students who brought the potential safety concern to our attention. 

Please know that we are also committed to providing the most accurate and timely information possible, which can be difficult when dealing with things that have happened off campus, are not specific, and are difficult to verify.

Thank you all for your understanding, support and feedback.

Liberty Proud,

Greg Timmons

Principal"

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