GUTHRIE — A Guthrie High School student was arrested and suspended after classmates reported he made threats against the high school.
The student was arrested on a felony complaint of terroristic hoax Monday afternoon. He was taken to Logan County jail, Guthrie Police Chief Damon Devereaux said.
Devereaux refused to release the student's name even though the names of juveniles arrested on felony complaints are open record under state law.
He was suspended Monday morning after other students told school administrators they heard him make threats Friday, Guthrie Public Schools Superintendent Mike Simpson said.
Both Devereaux and Simpson said the police and school administration have been investigating other reported threats throughout the day Monday.
“I'm sure for the rest of this week we are going to be talking to many of the students, trying to determine if there are other threats or if this is a single threat that got twisted in several ways when it went through the texting media at school. By no means is our investigation done; it's going to be ongoing for some time,” Devereaux said.
Guthrie Public Schools began investigating the credibility of the threat and notified police Friday, Simpson said.
Simpson said police have increased their presence at all Guthrie schools because of the threat and Friday's events in Newtown, Conn.
“We contacted Guthrie Police Department as soon as we knew what we were chasing,” Simpson said. “Because of the potential for threats and, of course with the things that have gone on in Connecticut Friday, I was in contact with our police department throughout the weekend about this and following up on some other items.”
Simpson said the district gave all the information concerning the student from the schools' investigation to the police.
“Obviously it (Friday) was a difficult day for anybody to go to school, but with these things, we wanted to make sure we created as safe an environment as possible today,” he said.