OKLAHOMA CITY - Officials with Oklahoma City Public Schools have released a statement regarding a threat at two more Oklahoma City schools, totaling five threatened since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
"I was made aware of the threats through Facebook," Yolanda Claryce Shelton told News 4. "One of my friends posted on there, and I said 'Are you serious? Is this real?'"
Shelton said it spread like wildfire.
Late last week, Oklahoma City Public Schools released a statement regarding a threat made to John Marshall High School and Northeast Academy. Officials said the suspect was apprehended and criminal charges are pending.
"I did not let her go to school Friday, and it was hard for me to let her go today," Shelton said. "We were talking about bulletproof vests this morning."
Then, Monday, OKCPS released another statement, saying:
"Late Sunday evening, OKCPS was made aware of a social media threat against Northwest Classen High School and Taft Middle School. District teams immediately notified Oklahoma City police, and they are currently investigating. As a precautionary measure, OKCPS will be taking additional security measures at both schools tomorrow (Monday). Classes will be in session as scheduled. We remain very grateful to those who continue to share this threat information with District leaders and to OCPD for their partnership. As always, OKCPS takes all threats seriously, as the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.
This (Monday) evening, Oklahoma City police confirmed that there is no credible threat to either Northwest Classen High School or Taft Middle School at this time. That said, we encourage all OKCPS students, families and staff to remain vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious behavior or activity to district leaders or via our 24/7 hotline: 405-587-SAFE. OKCPS continues to take all threats seriously, and we thank our law enforcement partners for their ongoing support. As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our top priority."
"In the past couple of days, nationally and here in Oklahoma, we're seeing a lot more reporting," said Patrick Allmond, a tech and social media expert. "I think I'd rather air on the side of safety than not being safe."
Allmond said, with a recent spike in school threats on social media, it's important to be smart with where you get your information.
"Don't take information from your uncle who's been sitting on the couch all day about, you know, what to look for in a school shooting threat and how to survive," Allmond said. "Talk with law enforcement, talk with your school administrators to balance out that information."
"I'm fighting back the tears now," Shelton said. "It took everything for me not to follow her into school and just stay there."