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Sapulpa parents learn about violent school threat days after investigation

Posted: 9:37 PM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-11 23:26:06-05
SAPULPA, Okla. -- Sapulpa parents said they felt left in the dark after hearing about a violent threat days after the investigation.
This all started at Pretty Water School after a student reported an incident. The principal said they started investigating Friday morning after hearing reports that an 8th grade boy was listing the people he would hurt in a potential attack.
The administration reached out to parents Monday after their investigation was complete, telling 2 Works For You the goal was being available to answer questions after the suspected student was suspended. Parents said they wish they knew sooner.

"Maybe parents would have wanted to get their kids out of the school, they felt that would be safest for them. Yet we had no idea," Diana Myers said.
Families said these incidents cause them to immediately fear the worst.

"I was actually at the hospital with my grandpa and I just started crying. My dad was like "what's going on?" And I was like "Dad... this is real." You never think that's going to happen at your kid's school. Then when you get something like that it hits," Destiny Adams said.
Staff said the school is on a soft lock down through next week. That means all doors are locked, students are escorted to class, and no one will play outside. But parents haven't noticed changes.

"I walked right into that school after an email was sent out to all of us parents saying that all the exterior doors were going to be locked. I walked right in there and got my daughter. She wasn't escorted from building to building... that was a lie," Adams said.

The principal said he never believed students to be in immediate danger, but they will be re-evaluating safety measures.

"These are our kids. We try our best to protect them and we trust the school to do the same but no one told us anything was even going on. That's kind of upsetting," Myers said.

The Creek County Sheriff's Office plans to spend the next few weeks investigating, looking at the student's phone and computer for any evidence of a threat.

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