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Credible threat leads to Booker T. Washington lockdown

KJRH Breaking News
Posted at 11:58 AM, Apr 03, 2023

UPDATE: The Tulsa Police Department released more information on Monday's lockdown.

Officers said school officials contacted the department after learning a teenage girl posted a picture on social media with a gun, saying she was going to drive to the school with the weapon.

Police had an increased presence at the school and learned the suspect was actually in Bixby.

Bixby police found her and apprehended her.

TPD said they will continue working the case and reminds everyone that violent threats made through electronic communications are serious matters and can lead to criminal penalties including imprisonment and/or fines.

A credible threat made against Booker T. Washington led to the school being on lockdown for around two hours Monday.

BTW's Principal Melissa Woolridge sent this statement to parents:

Parents and Students,

This morning at approximately 9:05 a.m., several students reported that there was a threat made to their safety and to the overall safety of the school. After reviewing the information and labeling it as credible our school police officer recommended that we go on full lockdown. Other TPS campus police officers and the Tulsa Police Department were notified of the threat. We were on lockdown for almost two-hours as officers from Tulsa Public Schools and the Tulsa Police Department worked in conjunction to apprehend the individual that had made the threat to “come over to Booker T. and shoot someone at our school.”

Finally, at approximately 10:50 a.m. this morning we received word that the suspect had been apprehended and was in police custody.

Though our students are visibly upset, we are thankful that no one was injured and that our students had the presence of mind to report the threat to administrators to ensure that we were able to keep everyone safe at Booker T.

The lockdown was lifted around 10:50 a.m. after the suspect was apprehended and in police custody.

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