By Jacob Sturm
Administrators at Mustang North Middle School received notification from a student that another student had a possible weapon on campus as the final bell for the school day rang Friday afternoon.
A quick investigation proved the allegation to be true as the administrative team intervened with the situation.
The school district is working with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to continue the investigation. MPS released a statement informing the public on the matter immediately following the incident.
“Please take this opportunity to talk with your child about school safety and remind them that bringing a weapon of any kind on school property is illegal and a violation of the MPS student code of conduct,” the statement said in part.
Mustang Superintendent, Charles Bradley, relayed this information in the statement, too.
“I would like to congratulate the student for coming forward and sharing this information with Administrators,” Bradley said. “As we are teaching students responsibility and leadership, it is important that they be able to share their concerns with teachers and other adults. I would also like to commend the Administrative Team at Mustang North for their quick and thorough actions today.”
In a follow-up statement on Sunday, families were informed there was no plot or plan against students or staff. MPS said the investigation remains active and therefore are limited in what they can share to the public.
Oklahoma law 70 OK Stat § 70-24-101.3 (2021) Out-of-school suspensions states that:
Any student found in possession of a firearm while on any public school property or while in any school bus or other vehicle used by a public school for transportation of students or teachers shall be suspended out-of-school for a period of not less than one year, to be determined by the district board of education pursuant to the provisions of this section. The term of the suspension may be modified by the district superintendent on a case-by-case basis. For purposes of this paragraph the term “firearm” shall mean and include all weapons as defined by 18 U.S.C., Section 921.
An increased law enforcement presence, including Mustang’s Director of Safety and Security, was at the school Monday.
“As said on Friday, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff,” Bradley said in the Sunday statement. “Thank you for entrusting us with educating your children; it is truly a privilege. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your school office or administrators.”