PITTSBURG COUNTY, Okla. - Canadian Public Schools released a statement saying they are taking security precautions at Canadian High School after a threat of violence.
An anonymous threat to "shoot the school" is under investigation at the high school and the district is taking precautions in response.
"Canadian Public Schools administration discovered a graffiti message written on a cubicle in the In School Detention room that threatened to “shoot the school”. The threat was anonymous in nature. Because the safety of our students and staff is paramount, we take any threat of this nature seriously. We immediately contacted law enforcement and are cooperating fully with them in the matter. Because the situation potentially involves a minor, we cannot disclose further information. However, any threat that could potentially endanger our students and staff or that disrupt learning will not be tolerated. We will continue to be vigilant in ensuring our schools and children are safe." - Canadian Public Schools
The high school now has a private security guard and the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office will have deputies on campus during the investigation.
There is a reward being offered for information leading to the person responsible for the threat.
Canadian Public Schools Superintendent Michael Broyles released the following statement on the situation Thursday:
"Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am sending this letter to provide you with accurate information, to discourage rumors and ask for your assistance. As you may be aware, an anonymous threat of violence was discovered at Canadian High School -- threatening to "shoot the school." As with other threats, we have filed police reports and are working with law enforcement and staff members to assure our school campus is safe.
We will not tolerate threats of any nature, especially when they disrupt the school day and result in countless hours of work to determine their validity and secure the safety of students and staff. In an effort to eliminate such disruptions, the district has instituted the following policies and procedures.
- A private security guard has been employed and the county sheriff's office has agreed to station deputies on campus as the situation is investigated.
- Building security is being analyzed and more regulated than in the past.
- A reward is being offered for information leading to the person(s) responsible for the threat.
We need to come together as a community of students, parents and school personnel to end this disruption of student learning and threat to our students' safety. I urge you to talk to your children now and impress upon them the seriousness of threats in today's society. Ask them to notify you or school personnel should they hear of any planned or potential disruptive behavior.
The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and we will continue to be vigilant. Please feel free to call my office at 918-339-2705 if you have any questions or comments." - Superintendent Michael Broyles
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