Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 21, 2014

'Generic' threat found at THS; 'not credible' say officials

TAHLEQUAH — School administrators and police officers began investigating a “generic threat” made toward Tahlequah High School Wednesday evening, school officials confirmed.

Tahlequah Public Schools Superintendent Lisa Presley said a “written threat” was discovered Wednesday evening by a staff member.

“We don’t know where it originated, but the police know about it and they have searched the school,” Presley said Wednesday night. “We’ve checked the facility out, and our plan is to have school on Thursday because, to our knowledge, this is not a credible threat.”

Presley said police and school administrators had found “no evidence” that would make the threat viable as of about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Officials did not elaborate on the specific wording of the threat.

“We will have a police presence here over night [Wednesday] and an extra police presence at the high school Thursday as well,” she said.

According to Presley, the threat targeted only Tahlequah High School. Administrators opted to send out an alert to parents Wednesday evening.

“We wanted to give parents a call first and let them know we had a threat,” said Presley. “Again, we don’t believe it is credible, but we wanted to let our patrons know we had it.”

Presley said school officials would also be posting information on the TPS Facebook page and website.

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