Police and school administrators say a school shooting threat against three Broken Arrow schools was a social media hoax.
Last night, rumors surfaced on Facebook and Twitter of a possible school shooting. Police worked through the night to track down the students involved in the conversations. Corporal Leon Calhoun told Channel 8 the first tweet was from a female teenage student. He said that the girl tweeted there was going to be a shooting when that was not stated to her.
Calhoun said it is possible she could soon face charges.
"Even if this person did not make a direct threat, the fact that she insinuated that there was a threat actually is a prosecutable offense also," Calhoun said.
School administrators said Friday morning that classes were in session and all students were safe. Police and the district say those behind the posts admitted they made them up.
"It's difficult to educate students when they don't feel safe, and they're very aware of all the conversations that are going on. And it's tough for parents too," said Broken Arrow Schools Public Information Officer Tara Thompson.
The schools mentioned online were North and South Intermediate schools and Sequoyah Middle School. The district did not send a morning alert to parents because the threat was not considered credible.
Many parents chose to remove their children from classes Friday anyway.
"I understand they've got a good handle on it, you know, but it's just crazy what happens these days," said parent Todd Kaser. He picked up his freshman daughter from South Intermediate Friday afternoon. His daughter told Channel 8 rumors were running rampant around school about the social media postings.
Parents will receive a phone call Friday evening to explain the situation and the district's response.
Thompson said Broken Arrow Public Schools run background checks on school visitors. There is also a new radio system for schools to contact law enforcement. Thompson also said the schools have more security cameras.
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