No charges for man whose Facebook comments canceled Ashland homecoming parade

A man whose suspicious statements on Facebook prompted Ashland police and school officials to call off the Ashland High School homecoming parade Thursday afternoon told police he didn't mean any harm, Ashland police reported.

Investigators found the man, a former Ashland High student, Thursday evening and he cooperated in their interview, telling police his Facebook remarks didn't have any malicious intent, police said in a news release Friday. Police didn't release his name and said he won't face criminal charges.

A former Ashland resident saw the comments that alluded to taking revenge on people and a stock image of a gun on Facebook, then forwarded them to police in the wake of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, the police news release said.

Not wanting to take any chances, authorities boosted security around the high school, keeping students in an extra 10 minutes at the end of the day and stationing officers on campus as classes let out.

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