Muskogee Schools: Student In Police Custody For Alleged Threats
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - A Muskogee Junior High School student told his friends on Facebook that he was going to bring his gun and shoot up the school. Thanks to some quick thinking friends, they reported the threat to authorities.
Administrators and police investigators are taking the threat seriously. Police believe the claims made by the student to carry out a school shooting are credible.
Muskogee Police said the 15-year-old Alice Robertson Junior High School student made a post on social media Tuesday night that alarmed his fellow students.
According to muskogeenow.com, the post the student wrote says, "Yal pep who read this post who go to A.R. better run when I bring my gun and kill every body." He ended his threatening post by saying, "I'm srry but things happen bye."
The school district and the police department said they received numerous calls about the threatening post on Facebook.
"Obviously this situation he made a threat, and fortunately one of his followers saw it, reported it to us and we were able to take immediate action on that," said Corporal Mike Mahan with the Muskogee Police Department.
Police questioned the student who then underwent a mental evaluation.
"We have to read the post. We have to look at it for what it is. We have to take it seriously, and when someone makes a threat like that it certainly, especially in today's environment, we have to act on it immediately to make sure nobody gets hurt," Mahan said.
The school district released the following statement:
"Muskogee Public Schools values our students and takes their safety seriously. Whatever action is appropriate in this case will be taken to ensure the students' continued safety at school."
District spokesperson Wendy Burton is grateful students and their parents knew what to do when they saw the threatening post.
"Thanks to students reporting what they saw quickly, it was quickly taken care of, and there's no danger to the students," Burton said.
Alice Robertson Principal Peggy Jones says district officials were on campus Wednesday reassuring students.
"Our teachers, two counselors, campus officers and three principals have made themselves available to our students as needed today. We are available and we are reassuring them. And the kids are fine. They know that everything that needs to be done is being done," said Peggy Jones.
School administrators said classes and state testing went on as normal.
The case is being turned over to the Muskogee County District Attorney's Office.
The name of the student has not been released.