Bartlesville student arrested after threats of shooting at school

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Sammie Chavez
Sammie Chavez
Updated: 12/14/2012 5:44 pm Published: 12/14/2012 3:49 pm

Bartlesville Police are investigating threats about a shooting plot at Bartlesville High School.

Police say on Thursday morning officers responded to the high school just before 11 a.m. in reference to threats. They say school officials told officers a student had talked about ‘planning a shooting at the school.’

The student was identified as 18-year old Sammie Chavez, Chavez was not at school on Thursday and police began searching for him. Police arrested Chavez just before 5 a.m. on Friday.

Chavez faces a charge for threats to kill and is being held on $1 million bond.  According to an affidavit filed Friday, the assistant principal alerted Bartlesville police about the possible threats.  A student claimed he'd been in the cafeteria Wednesday and Chavez reportedly tried to recruit other students to assist him in a plan to lure other students into the school auditorium, shut the doors and shoot them.  Student witnesses also reported that Chavez claimed he would place bombs by the school doors.  Police believe Chaves was trying to obtain a map or blueprint of the school.  He reportedly told a teacher he'd recently purchased a gun and shot it over the weekend.  And, did Internet searches for rifles and machine guns.

Bartlesville School released the following statement about the incident:

“Yesterday, Bartlesville High School administrators were informed of a rumor in which a current Bartlesville High School student was planning to potentially harm students and staff at Bartlesville High School. School administrators took the information extremely seriously and informed the Bartlesville Police Department of the alleged plan.

The student alleged to be planning to harm others was not at Bartlesville High School yesterday and no students were ever ¡n danger.

"We are extremely pleased that our students were never in harm's way. I am proud of our administrative personnel who took what started out as an unsubstantiated rumor, and through their diligent work and exhaustive investigation were able to determine there could be a future threat. We appreciate the excellent relationship we have with our local law enforcement and their swift response to the information we provided them. We’ll always put the safety of the students of the Bartlesville Public School District first and foremost," stated Superintendent Dr. Gary W. Quinn.

At this time, the Bartlesville Public School District is working ¡n cooperation with the Bartlesville Police Department. The District continues to encourage students and others to inform school administrators or the Local police of any rumors of any potential act to harm students or staff. The District will make every effort to fully investigate and take every precaution to make the Bartlesville Public School District a safe environment for everyone.”

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t town253 - 12/17/2012 9:32 AM
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Its the ones that you never suspect and never says a word or gives any indication of planning that does the most damage.

James B - 12/16/2012 11:03 AM
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Society has always had "psycopaths" that are capable of these types of evil. It's just that now, these problems are sensationalized by the media in real time and this sensationalism intices these types of individuals to perform heinous crimes to be forever remembered.

aleman - 12/15/2012 4:04 PM
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A psychopath whose mother potty trained him with a baseball bat when he was twelve and now society has to pay,strange how four or five will crop up around the country at the same time...Manchurian Candidates hypnotized by video games?Seems to be the thing alot of them have in gamers

Mayor Maynot - 12/15/2012 2:36 PM
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It's not loudmouths like this that worry me. This individual is just struggling for attention. I'd say give him some. Put him in basic training with the army and get him some group attention. It's the short fuse that just goes on a tangent we can protect ourselves from normal behavior all we want. That will still never protect us from the abbé normal malfeasance of a random opportunists that use situations like this to make a statement. Ban guns? J Jones used a smile and convinced hundreds to drink the koolaid. Banning koolaid will not stop a slick con from reaching their twisted goal. Peer element is the strongest tool in our society. Participation in good healthy group activity has been the fiber that bonds our society in future success.

Mayor Maynot - 12/15/2012 11:39 AM
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The biggest threat to our society is that this dullard might procreate ...

aleman - 12/15/2012 11:35 AM
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I don't remember this ever happening when I was in school,it seems like it really took off after the song "Jeremy" was released by Pearl Jam back in the early much for MTV not influencing children,they even stopped showing the video after Columbine
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