UPDATE: 17-year-old arrested in Medford school threat
MEDFORD (WAOW) - Medford Police Chief Ken Coyer says a 17-year-old female student has been arrested in the threat made at Medford High School that caused massive absences Friday and led to heightened police protection.
The student is expected to be charged with several misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice, when she makes a court appearance Monday, the police chief said.
Medford School Superintendent Pat Sullivan said the arrest was welcome news.
"We no longer feel student safety is in question. We look forward to all of our students returning to school on Monday and getting things back to normal," he said in a statement.
The exact details of the threat were not disclosed Friday.
Hundreds of students stayed home after the threat, discovered in a girl's bathroom on Thursday, was made against students and staff at Medford High School.
School officials reported that only 140 out of 630 students attended classes at the high school on Friday after parents were advised of the threat and told student absences on Friday would not be counted.
Newsline 9 checked with administrators and absenteeism was dramatically up at other schools in the district too:
147 students attended Medford Elementary out of 616.
225 at Medford Middle School out of 630
91 at Stetsonville Elementary out of 240.
On Thursday, the Taylor County Sheriff's Department released the following letter from the school district:
"Today at the high school, a specific threat to the safety of our students and staff was discovered in the girls bathroom.
The school district takes these threats very seriously.
We will check the backpacks and coats of everyone of everyone who enters the high school tomorrow.
School will be in session tomorrow with a strong police presence in every building all day.
You are being notified so that you can make a choice whether or not to send your child to school.