|Updated: 5/23/2012 10:06 am
||Published: 5/22/2012 6:44 pm
An apparent hit list of middle school students shook up the last week of classes at Newman Middle School in Skiatook. It worried parents enough that roughly 200 students went home from school early Monday.
Investigators say last Wednesday the 6th grader threatened a teacher. He was kicked out of school and banned from school property. But by Saturday worried parents began calling police as word of the incident spread. Detectives then gathered statements from other students who witnessed the incident, as well as the student himself.
"At that particular point in time, I don't think he had the means to [carry out the threat]," Detective Jerry Bullard, Skiatook Police Department, said.
By early Monday morning, Bullard got word that the student had posted on his Facebook page "Im gonna get all u m****r f*****s one way or another!" Then the student posted "my list," which included the first names of five classmates.
"It was decided it would probably be best if he was admitted into the hospital for some observation," Bullard said. "And as far as I know, he's still there."
But news of the Facebook posts, and subsequent fear, spread quickly among parents and students.
"It was pretty scary," Tina Wehrenberg, who's daughter is a classmate of the student, said. "My daughter called me freaked out, asking me to come get her."
Wehrenberg's daughter stayed, but roughly 200 of the 560 total students in the school left before the end of the day.
Despite rumors the student had shown up at the school with a gun, Newman Principal Steve Cantrell said nothing like that ever happened.
"They were never in any danger at all," Cantrell said. "We always knew what was going on."
Wehrenberg said she was just glad parents found out about the Facebook posts before the student had a chance to attack anyone. She said that's the reason she constantly monitors everything on her children's Facebook pages, and wishes more parents would do the same.
"Pull up your big girl panties and freakin' do something," Wehrenberg said. "Be active in your kids. They need it. They need it more today than we ever did when we were growing up."
Cantrell said because of privacy issues, school administrators and teachers can only do so much to monitor students outside of school and what they are talking about. He said this is a perfect example of how much they rely on parents to know what their kids are doing and talking about on Facebook and other social media.
Bullard said he doesn't think any other students were involved with the threats, and does not think the sixth-grader had access to any weapons.
If the student is released from the hospital, extra officers will be stationed at the school for extra security until students get out for summer break on Thursday.
It was unclear Tuesday whether the student would face any charges.