TULSA, Okla. - Officials at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office said that kids who make threats against schools are in real trouble.
They said they want this to count as fair warning: Times have changed and nobody will escape prosecution for any reason.
Wednesday, the district attorney's office filed charges against three juveniles in three different incidents. All three individuals are being charged under the juvenile delinquent charge statute, which means their cases through the juvenile court system. Their records will be sealed to the public.
Two teens are facing charges for planning a threatening act at Owasso, Liberty High School, and another student is charged with just threatening an act at Rogers and Webster schools.
The Tulsa Public Schools district released a statement in connection to the recent threats:
Students who make threats to schools on social media are subject to incredibly serious and potentially life-altering consequences. We take these kinds of incidents seriously and respond urgently and thoroughly with the support and resources of local and state law enforcement agencies. Regardless of the original intention of a social media post - whether it was a joke or an expression of frustration – students can face long term suspension, arrest, and criminal charges.
We urge parents and families to talk with their children about the importance of good digital citizenship and the severity of the potential consequences for bad decisions made online.
At least seven Green Country districts have been put on lockdown and at least four local children were arrested.
“We’re trying to get a handle on all the school threats that are coming in,” said assistant district attorney Erik Grayless.
WATCH: FOX23 talked to officials from the district attorney's office
The D.A.’s Office said that at one time, they may have considered extenuating circumstance, but times have changed so much that they are never going back.
“We’re here to issue a stern threat back to them,” Grayless said. “If you threaten a school, we will prosecute you.”
Grayless said he wanted to make it even more clear.
“You cannot post pictures of a firearm on Instagram and reference your school. That’s a threat. The threat itself, regardless of your intention, is a crime,” he said.
That alone could lead someone to a misdemeanor charge and six months of jail time.
“And if, God forbid, you take it a step further and you make some overt act, like a plan or a scheme or a program, the punishment for that is up to 10 years in prison.”
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