Initially we reported a Duncan High School student posted a hit list she created to social media.
The identity of the person responsible for posting the list to social media is currently unknown according to Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks.
He said it was the not the teenager accused of creating the list who posted it to social media.
The Banner regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.
A Duncan High School 15-year-old female student was arrested last week after a hit list she allegedly wrote was posted on social media.
Duncan Public Schools Superintendent Melonie Hau issued a statement on the matter.
“Administrators at Duncan High School became aware of a list, written by a student, which contained names of students and staff,” said the statement. “The exact reasons and motivation of the student in making the list was unclear to school administration, but did prompt administrators to turn the list over to the police. It is our understanding that the student was taken into police custody.”
Duncan Police Department Detective Lt. John Byers could not release the name of the student or the names on the list. He did say, however there were approximately 20 names on the list.
“There were two staff members, students and nicknames of people we didn’t know who they were,” he said. “In cases like this we work together with the school and the DA’s office, investigate it and see if there are any criminal charges that will be prepared in an affidavit and submit it to the district attorney.”
Byers said a felony affidavit was filed at the Stephens County Courthouse charging the student.
In the state of Oklahoma, juvenile records are sealed unless being charged as an adult through the Youthful Offender Act. The student in this incident was charged as juvenile.
“None of that is public record,” said Assistant District Attorney Greg Steward speaking about juvenile cases. “The courtroom is closed for those proceedings. We file delinquent petitions were we allege if there will be a felony or misdemeanor offense. They have a detention hearing. We have an adjudication and treat it as a mini trial.”
Steward said the consequences for a crime depend on the age of the accused and the severity of the crime, but are less severe than it would be for an adult.
“It’s very different,” he said. “If it’s a very serious offense, obviously you can’t give them a 20 year sentence because of jurisdictional limitations on their age. If they hit 18 and are still working their plan, we can bridge them over to their 19 birthday.”
Steward could not comment on the specific number of juvenile cases the DA office has each year but said the office would see about five youthful offenders cases a year.
Hau said in her statement the district had taken disciplinary action according to DPS board policy and state law but could not comment about specific punishment.
DPS School Board Policy states if after an investigation is concluded and an offense has been committed a student could face up to a 10 day suspension. If a student is adjudicated as a delinquent, the school will not provide education services in a regular school setting until the district determines the student does not pose a threat to self, other students or staff.
“Student and staff safety is paramount in all decisions at Duncan Public Schools,” said Hau. “Administrators acted swiftly and responsibly to ensure the security of students and staff on campus.”
No imminent threat to those on the list was discovered, according to Byers, but those on the list were interviewed by police.
“We asked the individuals on the list if they had any other concerns to come forward to the Duncan Police Department,” he said.