Thursday, December 20 2012, 10:10 PM CST
Investigated school threats still worry parents
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.- Medford Police says it has investigated and disproved all the social media talk regarding threats of organized violence in Medford schools Friday; parents are still concerned.
These threats are not only local.
Medford police received confirmation this afternoon of threats taking place in eighteen cities throughout Oregon and in Missouri, New Jersey and Washington State.
Medford police says it is highly staffed because December is its busiest time of year.
Chief Tim George with Medford Police Department says the department is prepared for this busy season and for anything else that may come up.
He assures the public that all the rumors have been investigated by police.
"Friday will be no different than any other day. Obviously we're going to pay attention to what we see on social media and we have people that watch, that monitor that, and we have chased down those rumors and there isn't anything that we see to this point that leads us to see there's anything valid to that," says Chief George.
South Medford High School parents have been notified via e-mail of the school's close work with Medford Police.
The notifications, combined with an assembly cancellation, have a South Medford High School mother wondering whether or not to keep her daughter out of school tomorrow.
She says, "This is the first time I've ever had these reservations. This is the first time we've gotten two emails in two days concerning the situation."
She is so worried, she is considering other options.
"This last week, for the first time, I have considered homeschooling my kids out of a protective necessity," she says.
She believes social media is to blame for hyping up people.
Clarisse Preshaw, a grandmother of two children attending Medford elementary schools, blames other things for recent violence.
Preshaw says, "[children] play a lot of video games [...] there's an awful lot of forgotten kids [...] there's no real supervision."
She is referring to children who stay home alone while their parents are at work.
Both schools and police say children are safe and schools will remain open tomorrow.
The superintendent of the Medford School District posted an open letter on the district's site assuring anyone concerned of the safety of Medford schools for children.
Chief George encourages the public to continue contacting police with any information of threats to public safety.
He assures parents, the safest place for your children on school days, is school.
Chief George says recent tragic incidents combined with the Dec. 21 Mayan-foretold end-of-the-world day usually result in threats to public safety.
He adds that Medford Police looked into and disproved all the threats, but officers are ready if anything does happen.
"We're prepared for anything else that might pop up that needs our attention whether it be Friday or three days from Friday or three minutes from now," says Chief George.