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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
June 6, 2023

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Ridgefield schools see normal day after email threat

4 district officials received threatening email Monday

By , Columbian staff writer

Schooling continued as normal in Ridgefield on Tuesday as local police carefully monitored a suspicious email threat sent to four officials in the Ridgefield School District on Monday.

No new information about the nature or contents of the threat itself has yet been disclosed by the school district or by the Ridgefield Police Department, which is leading the investigation with the help of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the FBI.

“We’ve got reason to believe it’s not locally targeted,” said Ridgefield Chief of Police John Brooks. “The names they sent (the threat) to are the top four names on the district’s page, same as all the other districts.”

The same email was sent to five school districts from across the country. Ridgefield police supplied an extra officer at each of the district’s schools on Tuesday as a cautionary measure.

“It’s good that they got to us early so we could start addressing it and looking into it,” Brooks said.

More details on the threat will be made publicly available upon the conclusion of the joint investigation, he said.