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Freedom Schools closed Tuesday due to threat


September 18, 2019

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat.

“The sheriff's office did receive a report of a threat to Freedom Schools. We are conducting an investigation, and two people have been detained at this time,” said Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale.

Both the Freedom Public Schools and the Woods County Sheriff's Department posted on their Facebook pages about the incident.

“Due to an ongoing investigation and a threat made via social media to our schools, Freedom Public Schools was closed today, September 17th,” read the post on the school's Facebook page. “Freedom Public Schools are working closely with the Woods County Sheriff's Office to resolve this threat.”

Principal Michelle Shelite said that Freedom schools will be open Wednesday as usual, at the regular hours.

The sheriff's department posted the following: “On the 16th day of September 2019, the Woods County Sheriff's Office receive a report of a possible threat to the Freedom, Oklahoma, Public Schools. Deputies immediately responded to the area where an investigation ensued. As a result of the investigation, two individuals were detained.”

Undersheriff Dale declined to specify the nature of the threat against the school, but said the school was safe for students to return.

“We don't feel like there's any threat to the students at this time,” said Dale, adding, “we will have a law enforcement presence in Freedom for the rest of the week.”

Once the investigation is complete, the sheriff's department will submit an affidavit to the District 26 Attorney's Office.

People with information regarding the threat are asked to contact the Woods County Sheriff's Office at 580-327-3434.


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