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EPD announces $2,500 reward for info leading to arrest of perpetrator of hoax threats

 Police vehicles parked outside school building.
Anni Katz
Several EPD police cruisers are parked outside South Eugene High School on May 24, 2023, as officers check out what turned out to be another fake threat of violence.

Authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a series of threats against South Eugene High School.

Reward poster issued by EPD
Eugene Police Dept.
Reward poster issued by EPD

Police say threats were made to the school four times this month: on May 3, 10, 16, and 24.

Officials responded each time, while students were evacuated or placed in lockdown. In some instances, classes were canceled for the rest of the day.

The EPD says the caller sounded male, and claimed to be in a bathroom with a shotgun. The person hung up and then called back with a bomb threat.

In a statement shared with KLCC, the Portland FBI says it’s working with law enforcement partners and the schools to identify the source or sources of the hoax threats.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Kieran Ramsey, also stated: “We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately. We also ask parents to please talk with your kids about the seriousness of making hoax threats, as well as what they can do if they are scared or have more information.”

Besides causing undue stress and fear to the public and costing taxpayer money, the FBI adds hoax threats are criminal.

Tips can be called in at (541)871-3339.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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