Report: Vinita Police Say Threats May Have Been Out-Of-State Hoax

Tuesday, January 26th 2021, 9:12 pm
By: News On 6, Amy Slanchik

VINITA, Oklahoma -

Update: Vinita Police said threats that put Vinita Schools on lockdown Monday were just a hoax made from out of the state, according to the Vinita Daily Journal.

The newspaper is reporting that the caller kept calling police dispatch all night, making threats and claiming he could see officers from where he was. Police told the paper it's possible the caller wasn't even in the United States.

The FBI is taking over the investigation.

Students at Vinita Public Schools are back in class after threats to the high school and downtown caused the school and businesses to be locked down.

Vinita Police, the Vinita Fire Department, the Craig County Sheriff's Office, OHP and even Tulsa Police responded to the chaotic situation on Monday. Officials say someone was calling police dispatch every 15-20 minutes for hours on end, threatening to shoot or blow up downtown.

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Students at the high school were on lockdown and moved to the gym at one point before they were released for the day after authorities said it was safe for them to leave.

Vinita Public Schools Campus Police will be leading the investigation going forward.

As of right now, we're told no arrests have been made, but law enforcement did question several people on Monday.