The Norman Transcript

December 19, 2013

Toy gun found after alleged Tecumseh threat

Associated Press
The Associated Press

TECUMSEH, Okla. — A daylong lockdown at five schools in Tecumseh was prompted after two middle school students were overheard talking at a bus stop about bringing a gun to school, according to police.

The district’s five schools were locked down for much of the day Wednesday as authorities searched for the two eighth-grade boys, who didn’t show up at school. Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said they were found later Wednesday and taken to the Carter Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

The boys were allegedly “talking about bringing a gun to school and killing somebody,” Kidney said, adding there was no specific threat about any students or teachers. A person who overheard the conversation reported it to a school resource officer, which prompted the school lockdown and the search for the boys.

Kidney told The News-Star that authorities also discovered a toy gun that resembled a Glock near the bus stop.

“We have to take these threats seriously,” Kidney said.

One of the students was being held on a threat complaint, and the other was being held as a runaway, Kidney said. Neither has been charged formally in the case.

Kidney said one of the boys told police that they were “just spouting off” and meant no serious harm.

Tecumseh Superintendent Tom Wilsie said police recommended Wednesday’s lockdown and that everything went smoothly.

“It is for safety until we’re sure what the threat may be so we can protect students and staff,” Wilsie said.