Baker City Police responded early Tuesday morning to report of a Bomb Threat directed at the Baker Middle School.
Police arrived on scene and secured the building at around 6:40 AM, with the assistance of Baker City Public Works crews who placed barricades, and closed street access around the middle school.
While the Baker 5J School District coordinated the diversion of students and staff away from the middle school, law enforcement personnel from the Oregon State Police, Baker County Sheriff’s Office and Baker City Police Department arrived at the Command Post to organize search teams.
At about 7:30 AM 5 search teams consisting of law enforcement personnel and school district employees began a search of the building and its grounds. 45 minutes later, all 5 teams reported back to the command post with nothing suspicious located. The building was then released back to the school, while Law Enforcement secured the area where the original threat message was located.
An investigation into that message, combined with the suspicions of Middle School staff who suspected a student based on that student’s behavior the day before, led to an interview of a single student by Lt. Kirk McCormick. At about 8:43 AM a Baker Middle School student was arrested for the Bomb Threat and transported to the Baker County Juvenile Department. The student is being charged with Disorderly Conduct 1 and will be transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in The Dalles.