Student, 14, arrested after bomb threat at school

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 10:10 PM

SALEM -- A a 14-year-old student was arrested after he allegedly threatened to blow up his school because he was upset with teachers, police said.

On Wednesday, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the Oasis Brooks Program, a Salem alternative school in the 10000 block of 71st Avenue NE. Staff identified the boy to deputies, who then went to his home to investigate.

"In today's climate, we have to take any threat against a school seriously," said Deputy Colby Korte.

Investigators said the boy admitted that he threatened to build a bomb and blow up the school. He told them it happened after staff members made him angry.

His home was searched but no bombs or bomb-making materials were located, deputies said.

The student was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center for several charges, including menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

The Oasis Program is designed for students who need a higher level of support than a general education learning environment, according to the Willamette Education Service District website. It's described as a therapeutic day school.

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