School death threats: 'I see a severe dropping of the ball'
BANDON, Ore. -- Bandon police say some students at Ocean Crest Elementary School got death threats from another student for two months.
Authorities told KCBY News that a student had been passing death threats to other kids in notes from October to November of 2012.
Police say no official report was filed, but they were notified.
The principal of the school, Elizabeth Olive, says the student was disciplined, and school staff and police will be talking to all the kids about how serious the issue was.
One parent KCBY News spoke with is not happy about how he thinks the school handled it.
Dutch Hausler has an 8-year-old third grade student at the school, who he says got some of the notes. He says his daughter and several others received the threats on handwritten notes put in their desks, saying things like, "You're going to die," and "I'm going to kill you."
Dutch found out from his daughter this happened in late December and was shocked to learn the police had not been notified. "I was shocked, I was very shocked and I was also shocked that the police were not informed," he said. "I see a severe dropping of the ball, so to speak." He says he then went to the police and spoke at a school board meeting.
Although the school is now taking action, he says he is upset they didn't deal with it sooner. He says he thinks it may have to do with the student accused of writing the notes being the child of a school board member. "I just felt like it was swept under the rug because of this child's position, parent's position on the school board. No child should be above the law here," he said.
He's speaking out because he wants others to not be afraid to bring attention to red flags like this.
Olive says she is bringing the issue up at the next district meeting as well, but declined to do an on-camera interview.
This is a developing story, and will be updated throughout the day.