Being Proactive Key to Averting Threats for Okay Schools
Rumors and threats make their way to school districts but it's what law enforcement, teachers and administrators do with that information that makes a difference on school grounds.
There was never a direct threat to the Okay School District, but authorities say a threat came to a student at one of the schools. It happened just before the Christmas break.
"It never did boil over but it had the potential to boil over and we took care of it prior to it boiling over," says Fred Winters, Okay Police Chief.
A 17-year old was arrested and Wagoner County District Attorney Brian Kuester says three charges were filed including threatening to perform an act of violence which is a misdemeanor. The Wagoner County Sheriff's Department also got involved.
"We probably had eight or nine people working on it and the Okay police department and had him arrested in 24 hours," says Wagoner County Sheriff, Bob Colbert.
In today's climate of violence, law enforcement and school districts can't afford to take any chances and advocate being proactive.
"It's a routine situation for the adults and children to see us there at all times," says Winters.
Other school districts are doing even more.
"Superintendent of Porter school look what we got I couldn't believe it look at this," says Colbert.
Even before the Newtown shootings in Connecticut, Porter had a comprehensive plan to deal with almost any school crisis.
"They've really got it going on I think they are an example of a lot of schools in law enforcement. For some of things we ask for in law enforcement they were able to hand it over to us," adds Colbert.
Police can't be everywhere but what they need from the public is for you to be the eyes and ears, so when you hear information to report it to police.