Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek was put on lockdown Thursday morning by 9:15 a.m. for a bomb threat and it was lifted by by 12:34 p.m. according to Andy Johnson who is the director of student achievement at South Umpqua School District.

The nature of the threat was unconfirmed, but Johnson said police are still investigating, but he believed it was an internal threat and not credible.

"We had a threat this morning so we followed our protocol and went into lockdown to ensure the safety of our students and staff and police were on the scene immediately," Johnson said. "They are still on the scene doing an investigation at this time. We're going to get our kids and our students back to a regular day pretty quickly."

Myrtle Creek Police were on the scene and still investigating when the News-Review called. There are about 300 students enrolled at Coffenberry Middle School.

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Janelle Polcyn is a reporter at The News-Review, graduated from the University of Texas, and is a podcast enthusiast.

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Back in the day when you didn't want to go to school you told you mom or dad that you were sick. Now, you call in with a bomb threat.

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