WINSTON — The Winston-Dillard School Board moved its Wednesday night meeting to an online, remote format after a credible threat was determined earlier in the day.

Superintendent Kevin Miller announced the change in meeting format Wednesday afternoon on the district’s Facebook page.

“Due to multiple threats of violence referencing the school board meeting this evening ... and one threat in particular deemed as credible by law enforcement, the W-D school board meeting will now be in a remote format,” Miller wrote, adding that there would be no outdoor participation allowed.

Instead, the meeting broadcast on Facebook Live at 7 p.m., with in-person viewing available at McGovern Elementary.

Bobby Carpenter, one of two school resource officers for the Winston-Dillard district, said the threats began after a student refused to wear a mask on one of the district’s campuses at the start of the school day.

“The student was asked to leave and was told he was trespassing,” Carpenter said. “We worked other options so that (the student) could attend without wearing a mask, but (the student) decided to leave and come back Thursday and either wear a mask or try another option.”

Carpenter said the student’s father was upset at the decision and began making what at first were “vague threats” related to Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

“He basically was saying that nobody was going to leave the school board meeting,” said Carpenter, clarifying that “nobody” meant members of the board. “They were open-ended threats that could be serious or not.”

The veiled threats were not made via social media but through numerous phone calls to school staff and Douglas County Emergency Communications.

As the father did not commit an actual crime, no arrest has been made, although the father has been trespassed from all Winston-Dillard School District properties.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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Jmbailey

As you argue about your perceived rights 13 people in Douglas County died on Sept 7th and 8th. The number of people dying in your county is staggering and yet you continue to resist getting vaccinated and wearing masks. You have had the worst mass shooting in Oregon history and now your people are dying from Covid-19 at a rate few places in the nation can match. But, yes continue to fight the good fight and decry measures intended to save lives as infringements on your freedoms. Guns and Covid for all!

melrosereader

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melrosereader

The latest GQP plan seems to be to terrorize school board members nationwide. The editor of Douglas County's version of the National Enquirer appears to be leading the local charge.

NJ

"Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover ""domestic,"" as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act "dangerous to human life" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States..." Apparently Heard has not read the USA Patriot Act. He seems ripe for investigation by the FBI.

And the rest of you who decide your God has sanctioned this ill begotten Holy War need to also know: "Section 806 of the Act could result in the civil seizure of their assets without a prior hearing, and without them ever being convicted of a crime." "The... government can seize and/or freeze the assets on the mere assertion that there is probable cause to believe that the assets were involved in domestic terrorism." So you fellas just keep running your mouths and making threats of violence. I'm sure the State Attorney General would love information regarding how each day you all become more like the Domestic Terrorist the country would love to put behind bars. source: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/terrorism -- and, https://www.congress.gov/107/plaws/publ56/PLAW-107publ56.pdf

mworden

[thumbup] NJ, thanks for posting that.

Mike

Texas school district implements mask mandate AFTER two teachers died of Covid-19 in a week.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/after-two-teachers-died-of-covid-19-in-a-week-a-texas-school-district-implements-mask-mandate/ar-AAOgQ7K?li=BBnb7Kz

mworden

9/11 focused our attention on terrorists from the Middle East. Several years after 9/11, I read a 500 page book called "The Terrorist Next Door." It was about militias and the radical right. I thought I was reading about Douglas County.

Making threats of violence against the school board is directly out of the radical right's playbook. It's terrorism. Because the radical right believes in the "power of the county" and the county seems to believe the same thing, it seems highly unlikely these threats will bring any consequences. I hope I'm wrong.

Mike

People are 86'd from my local bar for discussing politics because they are unable to have a civil conversation without someone resorting to violence. How can ANYTHING get better if people are violently opposed to a person simply expressing a different opinion?

mworden

Geez, Mike! Sounds like your local place has a number of bad actors. That kind of hypersensitive crowd is really not the usual thing around here except in a couple broken down biker bars. Stay safe.

Mike

I beg to differ. It appears you don't get out too much to where the average Joe goes.

CitizenJoe

mworden: yes. Violence and threats of violence in order to achieve political ends constitute terrorism. And, in the last 19 years, 360 days, right-wing terrorists have claimed more lives in this country than have jihadists.

Huge bbfan

They don't forbid assembly to keep you safe, they forbid assembly to keep you silent.

Scomo

You’re right, they’re just crazy people who are angry about their Constitutional rights being infringed. They should be sheeple like you and just let the fascist, corrupt democrats walk all over them before surrendering the country to the CCP. If you think I’m wrong, ask one of the Americans abandoned by Biden how they feel about the fascist Dems.

The governor has no right to impose any health mandates on citizens. School boards who follow her edict are as bad as she is.

dljones54

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Gimpy

Scomo, you would get your point across if you would stop calling people names. You can criticize behavior--for example, calling people names is childish--but when you start hurling ad hominems, you just cause more division, like water and oil. Oregon is in a state of emergency (until the end of the year). The governor of Oregon has the constitutional power to issue mandates, and those mandates have the force of law.

Mike

"Crazy people"

"Sheeple like you"

"Fascist, corrupt democrats"

"Fascist Dems"

Name calling is a form of bullying that is intended to attack a person rather than their argument in an attempt to end a civil discussion, often because the bully has no argument or the bully's argument is weak.

NJ

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Greg Norman

Here's the Winston-Dillard Board math problem for the day: incompetent + inflammatory + narrow-minded = additional mandates. The recipe for staving off a litany of new mandates is to simply follow the ones designed to keep our kids safe. Wake up or we're headed elsewhere.

sectorstar

A friend of mine who has a relative on the school board told me that several people had actually gotten death threats. So beings a few people dared to even entertain the thought of doing something a democrat suggested to do, that clearly made some people extremely volatile and angry. I'm really embarrassed to say I live in this town after reading articles about this. Its no secret that Douglas county is pretty far right, but one thing I've observed over the years even before covid happened is when you get out of the city to more rural areas such as Winston, Dillard, and especially Tenmile, it seems like theres more of a "extreme" far right where people seem more angry and volatile if people don't agree or think like them, and are very trigger happy with their guns. Atleast from what I'm aware of from reading articles on here, the last few years alone several murders have occurred in those regions of town and the gist of it was two people got into an argument, one person got mad, pulled out their gun and shot them. As sad as this sounds to say, I have no doubt that if this meeting happened in person today that there probably would have been some type of violent confrontation, or someone might have got shot.

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