UPDATE: MacArthur High School victim of statewide school threat hoaxes, FBI releases statement
UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released a statement about their response to the school shooting threats across the state. Read it below:
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to multiple reports of active shooter calls today at school districts across the state. Thankfully, no active threats were discovered at any of the locations. These situations highlight the quick response from OHP in concert with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Under Governor Kevin Stitt’s executive order, Mission: Secure Oklahoma Schools, OHP and other law enforcement agencies have been training in the LASER (Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response) method. This means no matter where the threat happens, all law enforcement in the area (police, sheriff’s deputies, troopers, etc.) will respond in the same manner and be able to coordinate seamlessly to control active shooter situations quickly and effectively. OHP responds to all active shooter calls with urgency and efficiency. Even off-duty troopers responded to several of the calls today. We are grateful no active threat was discovered today and want parents and community members to rest assured all threats are taken seriously. We encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agency.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: LPS has confirmed a lockout initiated on Thursday morning at MacArthur High School was part of a statewide hoax which has hit at least a dozen schools.
The FBI also released a statement about the threats which you can read below:
The FBI is aware of the numerous swatting incidents across the state of Oklahoma and the nation wherein a report of an active shooter at a school is made. We are working alongside our law enforcement partners in identifying the source of the hoax threats. Due to the ongoing status of the investigation, we are unable to provide more details. However, it is important to note that law enforcement will use all available resources to investigate a school threat until we determine whether it is real or not. Investigating hoax threats drains law enforcement resources and diverts us from responding to an actual crisis. Hoax threats can shut down schools, cause undue stress and fear to the public, and cost taxpayers money.
We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Several schools across the state reported false threats on Thursday, and MacArthur High School may have been one of them.
On Thursday morning, parents at MacArthur High School received text alerts stating the school was going into lockout procedures due to police activity in the area. Pictures 7News received showed several officers around the school and once we arrived on the scene, there appeared to be more LPS police officers than normal in the area.
We reached out to LPS officials for more information, however, we have not received an answer at this time.
KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City is reporting multiple departments, including Enid and Stillwater police departments, who have confirmed they responded to bogus calls threatening different schools in their cities.
They also have reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol which confirmed similar incidents in Tulsa.
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