Bartlesville Police Department: No new reports of threats against schools

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bartlesville Police Department has received no new reports of threats made against any schools in Bartlesville, according to police.

Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings in a statement released Wednesday after Bartlesville school district officials late Tuesday night decided to close schools Wednesday  ( if on your mobile phone click this link citing a credible report of a threat said the reports have been unfounded – including the most recent report received Tuesday afternoon.

Hastings said at around 4 p.m. police received a report from a citizen on the Pathfinder trail east of the high school claiming two men near a pond with a gun got into a white full-sized SUV parked near the school and drove off.

While officers looking into the report determined somebody had been duck hunting on the pond, police have not found the men to determine what they were doing near the pond, said Hastings.

He said since last week's school shootings in Connecticut and the arrest of a Bartlesville student last week, police have increased patrols in and around local schools.

The police department has also asked citizens and school administration to be on high alert and report any suspicious incidents.

"We are taking all of the reports and information we receive seriously and will continue to follow up on all reports made to this agency," he said, saying the department continues to work closely with the schools to keep students safe. 

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