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Police officers respond to Joseph Lane Middle School after threats were made that were later found to be a hoax.

Students charged in false threat at JoLane Middle School

{child_byline}DAN BAIN

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For the second time in a week, students at a Roseburg middle school have been charged with a hoax threatening violence at their school.

On Thursday, two 12-year-old male students at Joseph Lane Middle School were arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with first degree disorderly conduct and a third suspect, an 11-year-old Jo Lane student, was cited on the same charge, and released to his parents.

The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 17, when officers from Roseburg Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police responded to the school after a report of a potential shooting threat. Some juveniles who attend the school reported having contact with two males and a female that they reported were armed with rifles and a handgun and were threatening a shooting at the school.

Both JoLane and the Geneva Academy on NE Vine Street across from the middle school, were put on lockout while police searched the area for potential suspect.

After about an hour it was determined that the allegations were false.

During followup interviews over the next few days, with students and community witnesses, police said they found the incident was fabricated and did not occur.

Last Friday, Fremont Middle School administration became aware of what they said appeared to be an idle threat written on a girls’ restroom wall.

The investigation began immediately by Roseburg Police and they quickly determined the likelihood of the threat was not credible.

Police arrested a 14-year-old female student at Fremont, who told investigators that it was an attempt to get school canceled and that she had no intention to hurt anyone.

The girl was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with first degree disorderly conduct and second degree criminal mischief.

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Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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