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'It's not a joke,' officials respond to threats

Posted at 6:51 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 19:55:22-05

TULSA -- Threats are continuing to be made against Green Country schools several times every day. 

Law enforcement said they are not something to joke about and the people making them can face very serious consequences. 

"It is very upsetting to everyone to students to teachers to all of us who are involved in education to have this happening," Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said. 

Classrooms are being interrupted. Parents are showing up to campuses in tears. 

The threats are keeping Tulsa Police Investigators from focusing their manpower on other parts of Tulsa. Schools and students are their top priority. 

"A lot of our investigators are working through the night to make sure there is not going to be an actual incident at any of our area schools and we are very successful at finding out who the authors of these messages were so we could go out and take care of it," Sgt. Shane Tuell with TPD said.

So far, TPD has arrested a 14-year old and a 15-year old for making threats. They could be charged with a felony that carries up to ten years in prison. 

"It's not a joke and it's not something to joke about," First Assistant District Attorney Erik Grayless said. "If you decide to joke about it, we will prosecute you." 

All agencies are thankful the threats are being reported to prevent something from happening. It is just a matter of stopping the threats altogether. That is where they say family members, neighbors and pastor need to step in and make sure the children understand the magnitude of what they are doing on social media. 

Tulsa Public Schools encourage people not to assess the credibility of a threat they may hear about on their own. They should call law enforcement.

TPS does have a link on their website to report safety concerns. 

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