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Duncan, Ok_The threat of a school shooting kept some children out of the classroom at Duncan Public Schools, Wednesday.

An anonymous tip received Tuesday night through the school's Crimestoppers program said harm would be done to students at the city's high school.  The superintendent notified parents that they would increase security at all of their sites today. 

This comes only five days after the fatal shooting of Australian native Chris Lane on the city's streets.  In light of yesterday's arraignment of the three teenagers accused in Lane's death, police, school administrators, and parents are taking the threats seriously.

Police were stationed around schools citywide to ensure the safety of the students. Only about 300 of the 1,000 who attend the high school showed up.  "It was just unbelievable. School is supposed to be a safe place," said Bobby Moore. 

"The very first threat that came in just basically said that people from Lawton were coming to, if you will, shoot up the school," said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford.  But this was not the only threat made.  Others came through social media from individuals found to not even live in Oklahoma.

The threats are something Ford's department and school administrators are taking seriously.  Last night, Superintendent Sherry Layber sent a statement to parents informing them about the threats. 

It said in part: "the credibility of the person or persons communicating the threats is very difficult to ascertain. However, we want to be proactive in taking reasonable precautions. We certainly do not wish to panic our students and parents/guardians. However, we believe it is important to notify you of the situation."

Police said they do believe the threats are connected to Friday's shooting that continues to impact the city.  "Obviously it is in connection with the arraignment. I think that was the whole idea," Ford said. 

One Duncan parent said she sensed the tension when she dropped her son off at school this morning. But she believes in the Duncan community and is not letting it scare her.  "This town is something that will always spring back and I am not going to let someone else hinder my child's education," said Autumn Mccann.

Dr. Labyer reinforced in her statement that the increased security, school lock downs, and option for students to stay at home were all in place for the student's safety. 

Police Chief Ford echoes that sentiment. He said no threat will be overlooked when it comes to the safety of the community.  "I think that when it comes to children and the citizens of Duncan we air to the side of safety and that is what we do," Ford said.

School administrators and police met Wednesday afternoon and due to no further threats or incidents, school will continue as usual, Thursday.  However, additional security will remain in effect through Friday at both the Middle school and High school.

In light of all the recent events in Duncan, the City is planning an opportunity to come together Friday night at 7-p.m. at Plato elementary for a night of healing.

 

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