BA school extra cautious after post about threat

Posted at 8:23 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 19:26:09-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – A thread of social media rumors regarding a possible threat made against Broken Arrow High School spread quickly this week, prompting school officials to take extra precaution.

School officials investigated the reports of the possible threat Thursday but also said they did not believe "there [was] a credible threat to safety."

BAPD says the situation began when an individual made a threat Monday in regards to two other students at Broken Arrow High School.

"A post was on social media Instagram that someone had heard from their friend whose stepbrother had heard that another kid made a threat to harm some students here at the high school and had made a list," said Cpl. Calhoun.

Broken Arrow’s Supt. Dr. Jerod Mendenhall sent a statement following a press conference regarding the situation Thursday morning.

Investigators spoke with the individual who lives out of the state and said they did not find anything suspicious.

The identity of the student was not released, but Mendenhall did say that they, along with police, spoke with the student and “appropriate disciplinary action” was taken. 

Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) sent two detectives in addition to the district’s three school resource officers on campus to take the “necessary precautions" to ensure extra security for the students and staff of Broken Arrow High School.

Parents were allowed to take their kids home Thursday as an excused absence, according to Broken Arrow Public Schools.

We have a crew gathering more information and we will continue to update.

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