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Vian police investigate threat made against high school

Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 18:37:13-05

VIAN, Okla. -- Only 40 percent of the student body at Vian High School was in attendance Tuesday after reports of a shooting threat spread on social media. 

The school asked the student who made the threat to not attend school. He was interviewed by police. The Vian police chief and Sequoyah County Sheriff confirmed their investigation concluded that there's no evidence of a credible threat. 

Many parents began to worry Monday night after a Facebook post received more than 500 shares. It said a parent learned of a threat made verbally and on social media and reported it to police.

Police said they were already aware of the concerns. Extra police officers were on hand at the school Tuesday, officials said.

One parent was upset, saying she wasn't notified that officials were investigating a potential threat. 

“It would’ve been nice to have known, and not heard it from my 15-year-old who heard it from her friend, who heard it from their friend, so I would know for sure,” parent Donna Hutson said. 

The Sequoyah County sheriff said the rumor of a threat started over a physical fight that broke out after a student's comments about Florida mass shooter Nikolas Cruz. 

Vian Public Schools superintendent Victor Salcedo said he appreciated other students coming forward in connection with the incident. 

Vian police said no charges will be filed against the student because he never committed a crime. 

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