EUFAULA, Okla. - An Oklahoma high school was released early Friday as a safety precaution.
Eufaula High School Superintendent Eddie Tyler made the decision after receiving an alarming text message on his personal cell phone Friday morning, according to Eufaula police chief Don Murray.
The message, "Is the school on lockdown? Someone is going to shoot up the school tomorrow," was apparently a misconstrued version of a conversation held Thursday between a student and teacher about recent school violence and the Mayan apocalyptic prediction, Murray said.
Students were let out at 11 a.m.
Those with perfect attendance did not have to attend school Friday anyway, resulting in only 20 percent of students in class for the early dismissal, Murray said.
The Eufaula Police Department posted an officer at the elementary and middle school for the remainder of the day as an extra security measure.
Three Oklahoma students at two different schools were arrested Thursday for allegedly making threats against classmates.
Several schools have canceled classes this week over threats.
Last week, 18-year-old Bartlesville student Sammie Chavez was arrested for an apparent plot to shoot his classmates and bomb his school. A search warrant later discovered a .22-caliber rifle, swords and incriminating letters.
Chavez was arrested the same day as the tragic shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn.