Here we go again... Another threatening message was discovered in a bathroom at school in the metro; this time at Edmond Santa Fe High School, Wednesday morning.
Shortly before 2 p.m., officials announced that a student believed to be responsible for writing the message has been identified and removed from the school.
In a message emailed to parents, the school said: "The Edmond Police Department and Santa Fe Administrators have worked cooperatively to identify a Santa Fe student who is responsible for writing a threatening message that was discovered mid-morning on a mirror in the boys' bathroom of the Freshman Academy."
The student is no longer on campus.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Edmond Police Department has maintained an increased presence at school.
Behavior of this type is unacceptable and has caused significant disruption for our students, staff, parents and police. Edmond Schools will discipline the student to the fullest extent of the law.
Additionally, the district will cooperate with the police department, which is in contact with the District Attorney's office determining whether criminal charges will be filed."
School administrators were made aware of a bomb threat written on a mirror in the boys’ bathroom at Santa Fe High School’s Freshman Academy. Edmond Police were called and officers conducted a search of the school, where they determined the threat was not credible.
Parents and guardians were notified about the incident just before noon.
Threats being found in school bathrooms have become an alarming trend as of late, with copycats “crying wolf” seemingly every day after a shooting threat was found at Norman North High School on Oct. 5.
Since the Norman North incident, threats have been made at Capitol Hill, Putnam City North, Norman North, Westmoore and Edmond’s Central Middle School. And on Tuesday, a “credible” threat found at Noble High School prompted the district to shut down all schools for the rest of the week.
Police say that although the juvenile perpetrators are probably just playing a prank, the crime is a felony. Police also say that they think the hoaxes will end when someone gets caught and sees just how serious a punishment they could be facing; possibly up to 20 years in prison.
The following message is what was sent out to parents at Santa Fe:
“Edmond Santa Fe High School Administrators have been made aware of a message found on the mirror in the boys’ restroom of the Freshman Academy. Edmond Police responded immediately and together with district officials began an investigation. Police have completed a thorough search of the school and have found nothing alarming or out of the ordinary.
Edmond Police believe that this is a copycat of messages discovered in the last week at other metro schools. We are confident that the learning environment is safe; however, we understand that some parents may choose to take their student out of school for the remainder of the day. We respect that decision and there will not be attendance or academic consequences. During this situation, steps were taken to communicate with faculty and to limit the movement of students around campus.”