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Edmond police debunk school threat ahead of National School Walkout

Edmond North High School. (KOKH/FILE)

Police in Edmond are investigating a reported school threat.

According to the department, on Mar. 13, three Edmond North High School students showed a secretary a text message that reportedly contained a threat to bring harm to students who were participating in Wednesday's National School Walkout. School administrators and the Edmond Police Department immediately began an investigation into the message.

On Wednesday, investigators say they interviewed 10 to 12 students and searched a phone and a laptop. According to police, none of the students heard anyone threaten a school shooting at Edmond North High School and found nothing on the devices searched.

Police believe the situation started when a student overheard a conversation between two other students referencing another treat made to a school outside the metro, involving a student with a similar name to an Edmond North student.

Edmond police will have an enhanced presence at the school during Wednesday's walkout and say School Resource Officers ill be supported by additional security.

The National School Walkout is a student-led, nationwide event set to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting and call for changes to current U.S. gun policy. Students will walk out of classes at 10 a.m. CT on Mar. 14 and remain outside for 17 minutes before returning to school.

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