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August 21, 2013

Security increased at Duncan schools today

Police alerts Superintendent about anonymous threat

DUNCAN — Increased security measures are in place at Duncan Public School District today (Wednesday) after anonymous threats were made late Tuesday evening.

DPD Chief Danny Ford confirmed that threats have been made,  and said Officer Brian Attaway was taking steps Tuesday night to help the district increase its security, which would be in place today.

“All I’ve been told is that the school resource officer had received information through a CrimeStoppers tip. Security is being established,” Ford said late Tuesday.

Duncan Police had contacted Superintendent Sherry Labyer, who quickly issued an open letter on the district’s website to parents and guardians.

“This evening, we were informed by the Duncan Police Department of anonymous threats involving Duncan High School,” Labyer wrote. “The credibility of the person or persons communicating the threats is very difficult to ascertain.  However, we want to be proactive in taking reasonable precautions.”

Labyer’s message included a directive of sympathy to the family and friends of Christopher Lane, who was randomly shot and killed Friday as he was jogging on Country Club Road. Lane, 22, was an Australian national in Oklahoma to play baseball at East Central University in Ada. He would have begun his senior year Monday. His girlfriend, Sarah Harper is a Duncan resident.

The three juveniles suspected of the shooting appeared in court Tuesday to face formal charges. Two were charged with first degree murder and a third a charge of accessory after the fact, among one additional charge. The incident has prompted many Facebook threats among several of the youth who are their friends.

It is not known if the two shooting or the threat are related.

Labyer told the public on the school website that all of the district will have increased security today.

“The Duncan Police Department has pledged its cooperation and resources. In addition, all school campuses will be closed in that all students will be required to stay on campus once arriving unless a parent/guardian checks them out.  In addition, students will not be able to leave for lunch off campus as they would normally,” the letter stated.

Labyer’s message indicated she did not want parents to panic. School will continue with its normal hours and routine, she said.

Additional police officers were on both the Duncan High School and Middle School campuses on Tuesday, the first day back to classes. It is not known exactly what security measures are being taken for today.

“We will certainly understand any decision that you may feel you need to make with regard with your child or children. If you believe that you prefer to keep your child or children home tomorrow, we respect your decision. Accordingly, any absence for this reason will be excused. Please know that we are committed to taking all reasonable action to protect the well-being of our students,” Labyer said in the message.

It can be viewed in its entirety at The message was also posted on the district’s Facebook page.

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