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Owasso student detained after gun found in backpack

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 18:40:03-04

A 16-year-old Owassa High School student was taken into custody after another student overhead talk of a weapon on campus.  

School administrators reacted immediately and alerted the student resource officer.

Classes resumed right after the student was detained because there was no threat to the school.

A little after school started on Monday, a high school student went to their councilor after they heard another student talking about a gun.

The councilor then told an assistant principal who notified the student resource officer.

"The SRO was on campus and went to the classroom and obtained the backpack and asked the student to come with him," Amy Fichtner, Owasso Public School Superintendent, said. "The student was cooperative and left the classroom with the SRO."

A .22 caliber mini-revolver was found with the student.

After interviewing him, police believe he may have forgotten the weapon in his backpack until he was already at school.

"As a school district we train, we teach, we have professional development and we train with the hopes that we’ll never need it," said Fichtner.

The superintendent said she’s grateful for how the staff members responded but more importantly - that students did what they were supposed to do.

"It’s very difficult for someone to tell but we always say if you’re tattling you’re trying to get someone in trouble," said Fichtner. "If you’re reporting, you’re trying to make everything safe and better."

Immediately after he was taken into custody, Fichtner sent information out to all of the parents and media so they would know the students were safe.

"I try to communicate with every parent and our principals do as well, and the way we would want to be communicated with as parents," said Fichtner.

The Juvenile Bureau of the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office will determine if criminal charges will officially be filed.

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