False report of armed trio who planned to 'shoot up the school' disrupts JoLane


    Joseph Lane Middle School (File/SBG photo)

    ROSEBURG, Ore. - Schools locked down while law enforcement investigated a report Thursday of a woman and two men with a handgun and assault rifles who threatened to come back and "shoot up the school," the Roseburg Police Department said.

    Police later learned the report of a threat at Joseph Lane Middle School was a false report.

    The situation started when a group of "juveniles reported the 3 people, a female and two males, were armed with a handgun and 'assault rifles' and that the group said they were going to come back and, 'shoot up the school'," Roseburg Police said.

    After receiving the report at 11:46 a.m., officers responded along with Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies and Oregon State Police troopers to canvass the area.

    The school was placed on lockdown at 11:56 a.m., police said.

    Nearby Geneva Academy also placed students on lockdown, police said.

    "Officers continued to canvas the area, search the school, and interview potential witnesses, police said. "During this ongoing investigation it was revealed that the original report was false, and the threats did not occur, nor were there any firearms seen."

    The schools lifted the lockdown just after 1 p.m.

    Police said the investigation is ongoing. There's no word yet whether or not the youth or youths involved will face charges.

    The Roseburg Schools superintendent said the district treats every threat as credible so they can keep students safe.

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