Mother upset at how Broken Arrow schools handled threat rumors

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/13/2013 8:08 pm Published: 12/13/2013 4:57 pm

After rumors about threats of violence spread through three Broken Arrow schools at least one parent was not happy with how the district responded.

Her daughter is a sixth-grader at Sequoyah Middle School, where students found a note that threatened 21 people would be killed today.

There were also rumors of threats at South Intermediate that spread to North Intermediate, now the mother thinks parents should have been notified.

"It's insanity. It's scary what's going on with the kids today," said Jami Sheppard.

She kept her kids home from Friday out of fear, but she also complained to the school and district about why she wasn't alerted about the threats.

"They kept telling me that they didn't believe it was credible. Well, at 7:30 this morning between the police dogs and the police that was through the school, apparently somebody found it to be a little bit credible," she said.

Cpl. Leon Calhoun with the Broken Arrow Police Department said investigators did look into the threat rumors and though they found them not to be credible, they did have two officers at the schools just in case.

"We've gotta find out as quick as possible where this originated from, if it is credible or not. And, again, we're gonna take it seriously and we're gonna devote manpower," he said.

But Sheppard said the district should have called parents to let them know. She thinks they were trying to cover it up.

"They're playing Russian roulette with my kids so that they can keep their 'gold 'ol boy' network going. They're just running a gamble, and it's not going to be with mine," she said.

BA school spokeswoman Tara Thompson said the district wasn't hiding anything.

"We don't want to hide anything, because the more people know, the better. In the event that we didn't investigate something, it would be horrible if something actually happened. So, we really take everything very seriously," said Thompson.

She said they didn't call parents because the threats were only rumors and they didn't want to cause panic.

"We can't react. We have to respond in a very thorough and precise manner," she said.

But Sheppard isn't buying that.

"You don't have the right to decide that with my child," said Sheppard.

The district did send an automated phone message to parents explaining the investigation and why the threats were not viewed as credible around 4:30 p.m.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/16/2013 1:32 AM
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This reporter needs to learn how to write a proper sentence.

karlschneider - 12/15/2013 7:26 PM
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I pity Sheppard's children...they are being taught that the government has nothing more to do than provide security for them. Nanny state nonsense.

Mayor Maynot - 12/15/2013 10:31 AM
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Quit flappin your yapper HOMESCHOOL
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