SH teen arrested after threat

A 15-year-old Sweet Home High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon, May 9, after a threatening message was found on the wall of a boys bathroom at the school.

According to a Sweet Home Police Department statement, officers responded Wednesday, May 8, at approximately 2:15 p.m. to the high school after receiving a report of the threat. Due to scheduled early release, students were leaving the campus when police arrived.

School Resource Officer Geoff Hamlin, school administrators and other SHPD personnel investigated the message and determined there was no credible or substantiated threat. School administration advised the public of the situation via social media.

On Thursday, May 9, students remained engaged in normal educational activities; however, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the students an increase of law enforcement presence was at the school. Officers and school administrators continued the investigation into the written threat. 

At about 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Austin Brian Lee, 15, of Sweet Home was arrested by SHPD and charged with first-degree disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and lodged at the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention facility. His arrest was in connection with the threatening message that was written on the wall. 

Based on the investigation, officers and school administration determined that no existing plans to harm students or staff had taken place.