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UPDATE AS OF 8:20 P.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2019.

Duncan Public Schools released a statement regarding an incident involving a bus.

“Before the morning route today, a Duncan Public Schools bus driver discovered a suspicious item on his bus,” Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan said. “Duncan Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Disposal Unit inspected the object and determined that it was a commonly available ’firework.’”

Deighan said at no time were any staff or students in any danger.

“Duncan Public Schools will continue to update the public about such incidents whenever possible in order to reduce speculation and to reassure staff, students, and parents,” he said. “Duncan Public Schools again thanks local and state law enforcement for their swift and thorough response.”

Earlier this week Deighan explained to the public why it seemed like there was more danger in schools, when the reality is schools are for the most part safe.

“In recent weeks, the entire State of Oklahoma has been rocked by an avalanche of school threats reported to law enforcement,” he wrote in his column for The Duncan Banner. “The increase in reports is directly related to SB 1150, an Oklahoma law that has changed how schools address and report certain issues. The law offers welcomed clarification and support, but schools and law enforcement are still learning to apply the law effectively.”

Here is the section of the law which Deighan said “has turned our school districts and police departments across the state upside-down”:

An officer or employee of a school district or member of a board of education shall notify law enforcement of any verbal threat or act of threatening behavior which reasonably may have the potential to endanger students, school personnel or school property.

“Schools have been addressing these issues for decades, but SB 1150’s verbiage has left well-meaning principals and police officers scratching their heads how to define ‘any,’” he wrote. “Consequently, the number of reports across the state has risen significantly. Many issues that were previously handled with parents are now handled by the police. We can see and feel the impact of this change.”

--------- ORIGINAL STORY, 11:26 A.M. OCT 8, 2019

Duncan Public Schools released a statement regarding an incident involving a bus.

“Before the morning route today, a Duncan Public Schools bus driver discovered a suspicious item on his bus,” Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan said. “Duncan Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Disposal Unit inspected the object and determined that it was a commonly available ’firework.’”

Deighan said at no time were any staff or students in any danger.

“Duncan Public Schools will continue to update the public about such incidents whenever possible in order to reduce speculation and to reassure staff, students, and parents,” he said. “Duncan Public Schools again thanks local and state law enforcement for their swift and thorough response.”

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