Student arrested for false active shooter call at Tulsa high school


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Source: Tulsa Police Department

Tulsa police arrested a 16-year-old student Thursday for making a bogus call about an active shooter at Nathan Hale High School.

The call forced administrators to lock down the campus and triggered a massive law enforcement response.

At 11:04 a.m. the Tulsa Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call claiming there was an active shooter at the high school, located at 6960 E. 21st St.

The lone caller reported that a white male wearing all black clothing was walking around with an AK-47 assault rifle. The caller stated they were hiding in closet and were able to make the 911 call.

Personnel from TPD, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tulsa Public Schools Police, ATF and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation responded to the report.

The school was immediately placed on lockdown while the threat was assessed. As Officers entered the school and began clearing the hallways there were no other calls or reports of a person with a gun on campus.

Simultaneously, police said, an investigation was being conducted into the number that called 911 reporting the subject with a gun. At the time of the 911 call, the phone showed to be on campus.

An extensive search of the school was conducted by multi-agency teams which yielded no threat or subject with a gun on campus.

The TPD Mingo Valley Street Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into what showed to be a false report of an armed subject on campus. Within an hour of clearing the building, the suspect was identified and taken into custody.

The was taken to the Tulsa County Community Intervention Center and charged with a state misdemeanor.

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