Green Country Schools respond to various threats

Quick Facts:

  • At least 7 districts dealing with threats
  • Lockdowns across the state
  • At least 6 students arrested in relation to the threats
  • Tulsa County DA filed charges against 3 juveniles
  • Gun seen in Muskogee student's backpack & threats lead to 2 days of lockdowns

School across Green Country responded to social media threats

Bixby Schools placed the entire district on lockdown Friday after threats showed up on Instagram.

Union Public Schools spent Thursday and Friday handling fears after investigating a threat.

Dove Science Academy in east Tulsa locked down for a threat allegedly sent by a student on Snapchat. Police arrested a 15-year-old on a complaint of threatening a violent act.

Police arrested 2 Coweta students who admitted to making threats at a middle school.

Officers arrested a Tulsa teen who allegedly made threats against two local schools Thursday.

Two students were arrested after a student reported seeing a gun in a  classmate's backpack at a Muskogee junior high. The school remained on lockdown Thursday and Friday amid rumors of violence.

Berryhill schools were put on lockdown after a social media threat on Friday. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office officials told FOX23 they treated it as real until proven otherwise.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum posted to Facebook Friday afternoon about the seriousness of making a threat against schools:

Threatening a school with violence is a state felony. Our Tulsa Police Department is receiving excellent cooperation...

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Friday, February 23, 2018

The Tulsa Police Department also addressed a recent wave of threats posted on social media:

2-23-18 Sgt. Tuell Social Media PSA

Please watch this short video about the seriousness of recent social media threats and their consequences.

Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Friday, February 23, 2018

Jenks Public Schools shared a safety message in the wake of "heightened awareness and security".

During this time of heightened concern regarding school safety, we understand that students, parents, and staff members may be feeling anxious. The safety of all on our campuses is our highest priority and we are closely monitoring the reports of  social media threats made to neighboring school districts. At the time of this message, we are not aware of any threats directed at Jenks Public Schools; however, students, staff, and parents can help us maintain a safe learning environment by reporting concerns to administration or law enforcement. Jenks Campus Police officers, along with administrators and staff have increased vigilance regarding school security. As always if you See Something or Hear Something, Say Something.

Dr. Stacey Butterfield

Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools

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