TULSA, Okla. –
Emergency crews across Oklahoma received false 911 calls at eight separate schools around the state on Thursday morning.
Emergency crews say they were called to Will Rogers High School in Tulsa on Thursday morning after receiving a false 911 call. Authorities referred to it as a ‘swatting call’ that turned out to be a false report and say no one on the Will Rogers High School campus is in danger.
Authorities in Stillwater have also confirmed that a false call was placed in reference to an active shooter at Stillwater Junior High School. It has been confirmed by officials that there is no threat to students. Stillwater Police released the following statement:
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at approximately 10:16 a.m., Stillwater Police Department (SPD) received a call of an active shooter situation at the Stillwater Junior High. An SPD School Resource Officer was on-site during the initial call and confirmed that there was no active shooter at the school. Chief Watts diverted officers to respond to other schools in the area in case of a “swatting call.” Officers from several agencies responded to assist, and with the help of school administration, staff and faculty, we were able to secure the other sites. We have been made aware of similar threats to other school districts in Oklahoma. We appreciate the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State University Police Department, and Payne County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
“We take all threats of violence against our schools seriously. I am very proud of the coordinated response from the Stillwater Police Department and our partnering agencies. We remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any incidents that threaten the safety of our community, said Chief Watts.”
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Troopers, a false call was placed to a school in Perry on Thursday morning. Enid Police also say that officers responded to a false threat that was made at Enid High School. According to police, no real threat has been identified. Police say all students on the Enid campus are safe and the school is in lockdown. Durant Public Schools said that its sites are on lockdown as police investigate a hoax call that targeted its school.
Police in Medford also said they responded to an active shooter threat located at Medford Public School, but that there was no danger. In Miami, police said they received a bogus active shooter call this morning for Miami Junior High School. Similarly, Ardmore Police say they received a hoax call targeting Ardmore High School. Dickson High School in Ardmore also conducted a safety search though district leaders say a threat was not made to the school.
Currently, it is unclear who placed the call or if these events are connected.
Source: Oklahoma 9 News
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