EDITORIAL: Dealing with local school threats requires clear protocols

They say bad news comes in threes and that’s the case in Malheur County with threats involving local school students. The episodes raise important issues of response, communication and preparation. Above all, these recent incidents impose a duty on parents, schools, and police to consider their reactions and their steps going forward.

The nation has been gripped by headlines of school shootings. Mass casualties have occurred in instances such as the recent one at a high school in Florida. Oregon just noted the anniversary of its first major school shooting, 20 years ago. Much . . .