UPDATE: Ponca City police say the post is a repost of a Snapchat that was investigated in 2018 by the Enid Police Department and determined to be no legitimate threat.
“Ponca City Police Department has confirmed that the post that started the local worry and talk about a school shooting, is a re-post of a Snap Chat that was investigated in 2018 by the Enid Police Department and determined to be no legitimate threat. We are trying to run down the origin of the Re-Post last night. If we can develop enough information to charge anyone, we will. The safety of our students and staff in Ponca City is of the utmost importance to us, and we will take all threats seriously and investigate them fully.”
PONCA CITY, Okla. – Ponca City police and school officials are investigating a social media threat involving the high school.
According to Ponca City police, officials were made aware of a social media post Tuesday night “referencing the possibility of a shooting at the high school” on Wednesday.
Ponca City police have been investigating and say at this time they “believe it to be a copy cat from a post in another community.”
Ponca City Public Schools released the following statement from police Wednesday morning on Facebook:
The Ponca City Police Department was made aware of a social media post last night referencing the possibility of a shooting at the high school today. We take all talk or threats of this nature seriously. Ponca City Officers have been working on investigating the post during the night, and at this time believe it to be a copy cat from a post in another community. Our Officers will continue to run down any leads or new information and we will have an increased presence at the school today. We have been in contact with Ponca City Public Schools already this morning and made them aware of what we know at this time. We will release any new information as we have it.
No other details have been released.