CUSHING, Okla. — Cushing police along with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducted interviews with two former Cushing residents, Wilson McKinney, 18, and a male juvenile, 16, regarding recent threats to Cushing schools.
As a result of those interviews, the juvenile male was arrested by Cushing police. McKinney was released. McKinney is being treated as a material witness by police. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for the threats to Cushing Middle School on Friday and Cushing High School on Saturday..
Cushing police took the juvenile male from Tulsa to the Payne County District Courthouse, where a detention hearing was held. At the conclusion of the hearing, the juvenile male was ordered to be held in a secure detention facility on a $75,000 bail.
“After our conversation with the juvenile male, it is now safe to say that the threats received were in fact a hoax”, Cushing Police Chief Tully Folden said. “During no time in the investigation did we find any evidence that would support either threat."
“I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to every agency and officer who spent countless hours ensuring the safety of our greatest assets, our children”, Folden said.