Ponca City Police Respond to Several Incidents Involving Ponca City Public Schools

Beverly Cantrell - October 1, 2021 6:51 am

Ponca City Police Department-Ponca City Public Schools

September 30,2021-inappropriate video

Statement from Ponca City Police Chief Don Bohon:

The Ponca City Police Department is investigating an inappropriate video that is circulating, that was rumored to involve a school employee and a student, at a Ponca City school.  Detectives and School Resource Officers have been involved in the investigation. It appears that the video was originally posted on TikTok, and at this time there is no evidence the video originated in Ponca City.

The case is being assigned to I.C.A.C. (Internet Crimes Against Children) investigators with the Ponca City Police Department for further investigation. If anyone has factual information about the video, please call the Ponca City Police Department at 767-0370 and report that information.

September 30, 2021- Student Arrested

Ponca City Police Officers responded to West Middle School today (Sept 30th, 2021) at 12:33pm, after it was reported a student at the school had sent a snapchat message to someone in another town, claiming to have brought a gun to school. Officers took the juvenile into custody without incident, and the student did not have a gun in his possession.

The juvenile suspect was taken to the Police Station for questioning and the investigation is ongoing. There is no information indicating any other students were involved.

Bret Smith, Executive Director of Operations, said the school was not locked down for safety reasons and the student was taken into custody without incident. “There was no threat to the school. A student made a threat to another single person in another school district over social media. That, in itself, is a threat of terrorism.”

These envents follow an incident on Wednesday September 29 where two individuals were taken into custody involving threats made on social media about the Ponca City High School.


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