OKLAHOMA CITY - Police arrested a teenager after she made threats against teachers and security at a local high school.
The Western Heights School District confirmed a threat was made on Facebook to “shoot security guards and teacher” at the Western Heights High School.
Thankfully, nothing ever happened with the threat, and police made the arrest quickly.
The post came from a 16-year-old girl who used to go to school there.
The frightening words on social media Tuesday led to beefed up security all day at Western Heights.
A girl made a threat to shoot a teacher and security guards.
A parent notified the district after students saw the Facebook post.
District leaders got the word out quickly to nearly 4,000 families.
“We sent out an automated phone call district wide, although we knew the threat was at the high school, we knew parents would be concerned,” Brayden Savage, with Western Heights School District, said.
School went on as usual after every student went through metal detectors and had their backpacks searched.
Many concerned parents stopped by Tuesday morning to take their kids home.
“They took precautions, but these kids, I don't know what's going on. I don't know if their parents aren't teaching them the rules or what the deal is,” Abraham Marquez said.
By noon, police told the district they had a person of interest.
It turned out to be a girl who used to go to school at Western Heights.
“There should be more security, and I’m a firm believer in gun rights, the 2nd amendment. I think more people should have - good civilians - should be carrying firearms for situations like this,” Marquez said.
Police arrested the girl before school let out Tuesday.
District leaders were glad a scary situation ended peacefully and credit those kids who were on alert.
“We felt like our students did a great job about those knowing about the Facebook post, bringing that information to us,” Savage said.
The girl police arrested is now in the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center.
She is facing charges of:
- Use of computer network to violate Oklahoma statute
- Threats to commit an act of violence
- Acts resulting in gross injury - misdemeanor