All Bend area high schools and Bear Creek Elementary were placed into a Secure status Thursday afternoon after a reported threat to Bend High School. That Secure status has since been lifted.
Bend Police converged on Bend High School after 1:00 p.m. Police would not say the nature of the threat.
“Many officers are in the area and the public is asked to avoid the area while we investigate,” Bend PD tweeted.
A Central Oregon Daily News videographer at 6th and Emerson reported seeing officers in tactical gear patrolling the neighborhood and police drones flying overhead.
The Secure status was lifted at about 2:20 p.m. and police cleared the scene at Bend HS. Police said offices would remain posted at various schools throughout the afternoon.
“An investigation continues but our department has found no credible threat at this time,” Bend PD tweeted.
According to the Bend-La Pine website, Secure means students need to get inside and lock the outside doors, but that school will continue as normal That is different from a lockdown, which involves students getting out of sight, staying quiet and not opening doors.
Central Oregon Daily News has a crew at Bend High School and we’ll have live reports tonight on KOHD/ABC at 5:00 p.m. and KBNZ/CBS at 6:00 p.m.