Teens accused of planning mass shooting at Oklahoma high school released from custody
Two teenagers who were arrested for plotting what was deemed a 'serious and credible' mass shooting at an Oklahoma high school were released from custody on Thursday after they posted bond, KFOR reports.
The two teens, both sophomores at Pawnee High School in Pawnee, Okla., were arrested on Tuesday after officials were tipped off about a threat the pair had made while playing the popular video game Fortnite.
The Cleveland American reports that another gamer based outside of the U.S. saw the boys' conversation and sent the tip to Oklahoma City CrimeStoppers.
The CrimeStoppers then contacted Pawnee Police Chief Wesley Clymer and Superintendent of Pawnee Schools Ned Williams. Williams decided the threat seemed viable and immediately contacted the FBI.
"As soon as we saw it, we reacted," Williams told the outlet. "These are crucial times in America. No school is immune to issues like this and it is not something I will take lightly."
"We always say 'see something, hear something, say something,'" he continued. "And thank goodness the reporting party said something. With these other school shootings across the country, there have been so many missed signs, but this time, someone said something."
Although Pawnee Public Schools will not be in session until Aug. 24, the boys had allegedly created a thought-out plan on how to attack once the school reopened.
Authorities were able to successfully locate the two boys and a source close to the investigation told the Cleveland American that multiple firearms were found in their possession when their homes were searched.
The two boys made bond on Thursday and were both released to their parents. The charges brought against them have not been released, as they are part of a sealed juvenile record.