Newberg student makes false weapon report
NEWBERG — Antonia Crater Elementary School, located at 203 W. Foothills Drive, went into lockdown about 10 a.m. today after the Newberg-Dundee police received a 911 call from a student reporting that a student with a rifle was in the 400-student school.
Detectives and officers arrived immediately and the caller was identified. The student was questioned and admitted making a false report. Police did not release the name and age of the student, or say if any charges were filed.
It was originally thought the student might attend Joan Austin Elementary School located at 2200 N. Center St., but that was not the case.
Both Antonia Crater and Joan Austin went into lockdown, according to Newberg School District spokesperson Claudia Stewart.
She said Chehalem Valley Middle School, which shares a campus with Antonia Crater, went into lockout, at which time school doors were locked and classes continuued until the precaution was lifted.
"There certainly were some anxious moments for parents who heard this on the news," Stewart said.
"The police were great. They responded immediately, and were very complimentary about how students and teachers responded."
Newberg-Dundee police say they plan an increaseed presence in all Newberg schools for an indefinite period of time.