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Duncan student could face charges after making bomb threat

A 14-year-old was arrested after making this threat. (Source KSWO) A 14-year-old was arrested after making this threat. (Source KSWO)

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -A Duncan Middle School student is potentially facing charges in connection to a bomb threat at the middle school this week.

Duncan Police say on Tuesday, a teacher found a threatening message written on a wall in the 8th-grade boy’s bathroom. The entire school was evacuated and police were called in to search the building, but did not find anything suspicious. Police then reviewed surveillance video and identified 10 students who could have left the message. They interviewed them all, and one confessed. Police say he's been removed from school and was released to the custody of his parents while the investigation continues.

Duncan Public Schools Superintendent Melonie Hau says the middle school has surveillance cameras and a resource officer to help monitor activity in the school. She also says they work closely with the Duncan Police Department to help keep their students safe. 

“I Planted a Bomb in the School”

That’s the message that has a 14-year-old Duncan Middle School student on the other side of the law. Lieutenant John Byers from the Duncan Police Department says with these types of threats on the rise, they’re on high alert. 

"We take every instance as a viable threat until we can prove it is not a viable threat," Lt. Byers explained.

Lieutenant Byers says with the end of the school year just months away, it's important that law enforcement and school administrators are on the same page.

"We're going to take the proper measurements along with the school and make joint decision. We'll follow through with anything that they want us to do or that we feel we need to do to make our students safe at Duncan Public Schools," Lt. Byers said.

While Lt. Byers says safety is the top concern for Duncan students, James Williams says Tuesday's bomb threat has him concerned.

"I have six children in school in this town. I'll drive them out of town if I have to put them in school. I'm fed up," Williams said.

Lieutenant Byers understands that frustration, and offers this advice to any student that see's something they feel should be reported to authorities.

"Tell a teacher, let them know. ‘Hey, I saw this, I saw that, I saw something that was out of place.’ Go ahead and let that staff know so they can take the proper measurements to either notify law enforcement, school resource officer or just have another school administrator go look and see what's going on," Lt. Byers said.

Lieutenant Byers says he wants to send this message to any student thinking of pulling a prank that could possible hurt fellow students or authorities. 

"Stop and think. With these, we’re not taking them lightly. The DA's office isn't and the school most definitely isn't," Lt. Byers said.

Police say Tuesday's bomb threat was the second one for the middle school this year. They say they don't believe the two threats were connected.

Police say the student accused in Tuesday's bomb threat faces a charge of threatening to perform an act of violence. Those charges are expected to be filled any day now.

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