VIAN, Okla. — A Fort Smith man was arrested on Thursday after the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office said he posted a video threatening an Oklahoma high school.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, at around 11:15 a.m., they received a report about a video posted to social media.
In the video, a man was pointing what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle toward the camera, using racially threatening language and placing a mask over his face.
The caption on the video said, “Heading to the Big V.”
The Sheriff’s Office said they immediately called Vian Public Schools and Vian Police telling them to lock the schools down.
Vian Public Schools posted they were going on lockdown in a Facebook post reading, “In an abundance of caution, law enforcement has placed our campus on lockdown. All students and staff are safe, but we have no other information to share at this time.”
The Sheriff’s Office also posted, letting residents know further details on the lockdown.
It read, “Vian schools are being locked down as a precaution. There are no specific threats to do anything at Vian schools, but we are trying to locate an individual from Fort Smith that posted on social media yesterday and today about coming to the ‘Big V.’”
We have deputies headed to assist Vian pd at this time. We will post further as we find out.
After searching, investigators were able to identify Hunter Craghead as the author of the video.
Further information gathered determined Craghead was currently residing in Fort Smith and investigators contacted the appropriate law enforcement.
Fort Smith Police were not able to locate Craghead, but investigators later found him at his residence where they detained him. Investigators said Craghead was fully cooperative and apologetic when they arrived.
Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office then took Craghead into custody for an outstanding warrant and held for upcoming Sebastian County charges.
The Sherriff’s Office left a statement on their Facebook thanking Vian residents for their cooperation and trust.
“I’d also like to thank the parents and townspeople of Vian for your patience and understanding today. I know you wanted to rush to the school to get your babies out of there, I would have felt the same way. We have strict protocols when it comes to school lockdowns. I told our officers to let no one in and no one out, and my deputies, Vian police, OHP and the school, all followed this perfectly today.”
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