Tulsa Police: No Gun At Nathan Hale High School

Wednesday, November 9th 2011, 10:20 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa's Nathan Hale High School was on lockdown and the Tulsa Police Special Operations Team was called out, after a student reported a possible gun at the school.

It turns out there was never a gun and the threat seems to have been exaggerated and now, it's a situation of he-said, she-said.

Because of the times we live in and the decision to err on the side of caution, Tulsa Police had no other choice but to respond as if this were the real deal.

It seems to have stemmed from an argument between a male student and a female student that started on the school bus.

She says the male student make a threat to get a gun and shoot everyone. She says she was scared and called her mom, who then reported it to Nathan Hale High School in the 6900 block of East 21st Street.

The male student absolutely denies that and says he'd been joking with friends that he was going to borrow a friend's air soft gun and shoot a buddy, all in jest.

A total of three schools, Nathan Hale High School, Nathan Hale Junior High -- which is the former Whitney Middle School -- and McArthur Elementary School were put on lockdown while Tulsa Police and Tulsa Public School Police figured out what was going on and the Special Operations Team was called in.

One parent of a Nathan Hale freshman told News On 6 all the students were taken to the football stadium until the threat could be assessed.

Police officers tell us it took them a while to find the male student just because the school is so big, but once they did, they found no gun, then after questioning him, learned there was no immediate danger.

In the meantime, students and parents waiting outside, were hearing all kinds of rumors, like students being held hostage and didn't know what to think.

"We're from Claremore, we're not used to that. My daughter's in there and I'm here. I'm scared. I know I can't go in there. She has her cell phone and is communicating with so I can communicate with her," said Jennifer Rodgers, mother of 9th grader.

Tulsa Public Schools Police Chief Gary Ruddick says students are always urged to report what they believe is a threat involving guns or violence.

He says right now, neither student has committed a crime and neither is in trouble.

Keep checking here for new developments in this story, and News On 6 viewers can watch anchor Lori Fullbright's report on News On 6 at 5 p.m.