We typically don’t cover Josephine County unless there is a connection to our community. However, we have received a number of local inquiries about an incident at the high school in Grants Pass. The following information is from the Grants Pass Police Department.
On October 26, 2021, at approximately 0927 hours, the Grants Pass Police Department received a report from school personnel about a written threat left in a bathroom at Grants Pass High School. The post indicated violence at the school at a specific time, which is now in the past.
Grants Pass Police officers and detectives immediately responded to the school and took precautions to counter any threats and investigate the criminal act. Officers worked with the school staff and Administration from District 7 to ensure the safety of students at GPHS. All GPPD Police personnel were made aware of the threat and additional resources monitored other schools within the District. Contact was also made with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office to advise them of the threat and to ensure they were aware to monitor schools within the Three Rivers District. GPHS was put on “Lock Out” while the investigation was conducted.
Grants Pass Police officers and detectives, along with the GPPD School Resource Officer, subsequently identified the juvenile suspect student and contacted him at his residence. After the investigation was complete, the juvenile was taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree. The juvenile will be lodged at the Josephine County Juvenile Detention Center. School Administration is also aware and will follow up with future safety plans for the individual.
The Grants Pass Police Department would like to make certain that the public is aware that all threats of harm to students and staff at our schools are taken seriously and will be fully investigated. Along with our partners at Grants Pass School District 7, we take the safety of our students, school staff and others on campus as a high priority. Our partnership with the schools involves school resource officers and school marshals, who are armed, sworn officers, on campuses across the city schools.
We would like to thank those who have had the courage to say something when they felt something they heard or saw was suspicious. If anyone has questions or further information, please call GPPD at (541) 450-6260.