Vinita High School Students Released As Police Investigate Threats


Monday, January 25th 2021, 6:18 pm
By: Lori Fullbright, Amy Slanchik


VINITA, Oklahoma -

Law enforcement said all students and staff are safe following after threats were made that prompted a lockdown at Vinita High School and the evacuation of some buildings in town.

The Craig County Sheriff Health Winfrey said no arrests have been made but they did question a lot of people throughout the day Monday. Winfrey said the threat that law enforcement originally responded to was an active shooter call.

A joint statement from Vinita Schools, Vinita Police and the Craig County Sheriff's Office said "there is no evidence that any student, faculty member or other staff was in any danger at any time."

Officials at the scene say someone keeps calling into the police dispatch every 15-20 minutes. They say that suspect is describing people and vehicles, threatening to shoot and blow things up, and would giving officers deadlines.

Police said the school is on lockdown and members of several surrounding law enforcement agencies are on-site to help. Students at the school were released just after 3 and were able to return to their parents.

Officers on the scene say they have secured the area around the high school, but they confirmed that no gunshots have been fired and no injuries have been reported. Firefighters say most of the buildings in downtown Vinita have been evacuated or are still on lockdown.

"There were a couple people that were pretty freaked out, but most of us just sat there and that's pretty much all we could do," Vinita High School student Tucker Winfrey said.

Vinita Police Department released the following statement on their Facebook page Monday evening.

This is a developing story...