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Extra security precautions taken at Duncan schools Wednesday following baseball player shooting

School officials are taking extra security precautions in light of an anonymous threat against the high school. Authorities have not released details about the threat.
by Robert Medley Modified: August 21, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: August 21, 2013

DUNCAN — An anonymous threat against Duncan High School has prompted school authorities to take extra security precautions Wednesday on the second day of the fall semester, Principal Justin Smith said.

The threat came after the arrest of three Duncan school students in the Friday shooting death of East Central University baseball player Christopher Lane. Lane, of Australia, was gunned down while jogging in what police say was a “thrill kill.” Police have not released details of the threat against the school that is under investigation.

But Superintendent Sherry Labyer confirmed the threat was made “against the high school.” She said officials will meet Monday afternoon to decide if extra security will also be needed Thursday.

Labyer said a number of police officers have been assigned to work at the high school Wednesday and officers are also working at the middle school.

The three students arrested, James Francis Edwards Jr., 15; Chancey Allen Luna, 16; and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, attended Duncan schools last spring.

Students at Duncan schools will not be allowed to leave for lunch Wednesday. Once students arrive for the day, they will be required to stay on campus unless a parent or guardian checks them out.

Labyer said things were going as smoothly as possible Wednesday morning.

“Everything is calm and things are going well,” Labyer said. “It is out of the ordinary.”

Also, the district will allow excused absences for any student whose parents decide to keep home due to safety concerns.

Patrons were notified of the threat in a letter from Labyer posted on the district website.

“This evening, (Tuesday) we were informed by the Duncan Police Department of anonymous threats involving Duncan High School. 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 wrote.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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