Tahlequah Daily Press

November 7, 2013

Police say someone started rumor of gun at high school


staff

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah Police Department is investigating allegations of threats and taking steps to make Tahlequah High School’s campus more secure today.

Police Chief Nate King confirmed extra officers were dispatched to THS today.

“We’ve been told of the possibility of a gun being brought to school, but we haven’t confirmed that. We feel like it’s probably a spin-off of the incident that happened yesterday related to social media,” King said.

King was referring to the questioning of a student over so-called “confessional” Twitter accounts, wherein explicitly sexual content and threats have been posted. Rumors have run rampant as local and school officials have tried to curtail problems stemming from these social media sites.

“Any threat of violence will be taken seriously,” King said. “We’re trying to run down the source of these rumors. If anyone has information about where the rumor started, tell a teacher or school resource officer, or call TPD.”

Parents who have been texting the Daily Press about today’s scenario say their children have told them an assembly was planned for later today to address the problems.