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16-year-old Nathan Hale High School student arrested for falsely calling in active shooter

Nathan Hale High School
Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 07, 2023

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police confirmed they have arrested a 16-year-old student for falsely calling in an active shooter at Nathan Hale High School.

TPD responded to a call around 11 a.m. of a possible active shooter at Nathan Hale High School.

An initial sweep of the building evacuated students and staff. The building was given an all-clear with officers going through a second time to search every inch.

TPD says the caller reported that a white man was wearing all-black clothing and was walking around with an AK-47. Personnel from many agencies were sent to the scene including TPD, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The Tulsa Police Mingo Valley Street Crimes Unit's investigation into the false report led them to identify the suspect and take them into custody.

The suspect was taken to the Tulsa County Community Intervention Center and will face a misdemeanor charge for false alarm, complaint or information.

Oklahoma Statute, 63 § 2870 about false alarms says:

§63-2870. False alarm, complaint or information - Penalty. No person shall call the number 9-1-1 for the purpose of making a knowingly false alarm or complaint or reporting knowingly false information which could result in the dispatch of emergency services from any public agency as defined in Section 2 of this act. Nor shall any person call 9-1-1 for nonemergency or personal use. Any person violating the provisions of this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) and by an assessment for the resulting costs of any dispatching of emergency personnel and equipment for each such offense.

Shortly after the scene was given the all-clear Tulsa Public Schools released the following statement:

Nathan Hale High School and nearby school buildings (Hale Middle School and MacArthur Elementary) are on a precautionary lockdown after an anonymous 911 call to Tulsa Police Department's Mingo Valley division reporting a threat at Hale High School. We take all threats seriously. Law enforcement is on the scene at Hale doing a sweep of the building and investigating the source of the call. Students and teachers are safe and remain in their school buildings. We ask that all parents and guardians refrain from coming to any of these schools so that the police can do their jobs effectively.

As a reminder, our safety hotline at 918-480-SAFE is staffed around the clock. Reports may be made anonymously, and we keep the identity of callers confidential.

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