MILTON-FREEWATER:  Shooting threat prompts closure of school

MILTON-FREEWATER: Shooting threat prompts closure of school


(Information from the Milton-Freewater Unified School District #7)

Schools Closed Due to Threat
MILTON-FREEWATER – All schools in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District were closed today, Friday, September 13 due to a threat by a student.

Law enforcement notified High School Principal Mindi Vaughan via email at 11:00 PM on Thursday evening, September 13. The email said there was a student at McLoughlin High School who stated he/she was going to shoot up the high school the next day, starting with the Science Wing. When Vaughan checked her email Friday morning 5:00 AM, she received the email and spoke with Dr. Rob Clark, superintendent of the Milton-Freewater Unified School District. After phone calls to the Milton-Freewater City Police Department and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, district administrators determined there was enough credible information to be concerned about this situation. Because law enforcement had not finished their investigation, the decision was made to cancel school at all buildings.
At approximately 11:00 am on Friday, September 14 we were informed by Law Enforcement that the individual involved is in custody and will remain there through the weekend. All activities scheduled for Mac-Hi over the weekend will go on as scheduled.

We would like to thank the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department and the Milton-Freewater City Police for their actions today. It was very appreciated.

The district understands canceling school on short notice is difficult for students and families, but student safety is a number one priority. We thank everyone for their cooperation.



Students in Milton-Freewater are at home today, because of what school officials believe to be a credible threat against McLoughlin High School.

Superintendent Rob Clark tells us that high school administration received an email last night saying one student told another they were going to shoot up the high school. The decision was made this morning that none of the schools in the district would have classes today, just to “err on the side of caution,” according to Clark.

Clark says deputies from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and the officers from the Milton-Freewater Police Department are currently investigating.