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Student detained after making 'credible threat' against Okmulgee High School

Student detained after making 'credible threat' against Okmulgee High School

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Police detained a student who made what was believed to be a "credible threat" Tuesday morning against Okmulgee High School.

Okmulgee police were notified about 9:30 a.m. that a 14-year-old male student had threatened to "shoot up the school," Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said during a news conference. 

The unidentified student, investigators said, may have singled out certain students, saying he was allegedly going to harm them individually.

Those students informed teachers and the high school was placed on lockdown, said Okmulgee Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Ramsey. The student was then immediately identified and detained by school officials until police arrived.

"We do not believe he had the means to immediately carry out the threat, but we think he was serious based on the statements he made during interviews," said Prentice.

Police also searched the school and the student's home and did not recover weapons from either location.

Though police maintained that students were likely not in immediate danger, the possibility likely existed if the student had access to weapons. 

"It's sad," said Ramsey. "Here we are in our fourth day being in session. It's just sad."

The student appeared in Okmulgee County District Court Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be remanded to a juvenile detention facility. 

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