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Okemah third-grader brings gun to school, officials say

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 20:59:11-05

OKEMAH, Okla. — A third-grader at Oakes Elementary School in Okemah brought a gun to school, according to officials with the Okemah School District.

The student brought the gun to school Tuesday and staff members immediately confiscated the gun, officials said.

School officials believe that at no time were any students, patrons or employees in danger.

The school district released a statement about the incident:

The Okemah School District takes the safety of its students very seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning environment. Today, the District received a report that a third-grade student had a gun in his/her backpack. The backpack was immediately searched and a gun was located. Law enforcement was immediately contacted and took possession of the gun and the student. Appropriate action is being taken against the student. As of this press release, it is believed that at no time were any students, patrons or employees in danger. The District wishes to thank the individual who reported the gun and law enforcement for their swift response. Parents, please remember to check your student’s backpacks regularly and please discuss with your students the importance of reporting anything that seems suspicious. The District cannot comment further because of privacy laws.
Okemah Public Schools

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