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Posted: 1:21 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Two men with rifles spotted near school days after 'credible threat' of violence

System says they are working with police

Bartlesville
Matt D. Bradley
Bartlesville

By Rick Couri

Bartlesville police are looking for two men who were seen near a school Tuesday night with rifles.

On Friday, school leaders at the high school went to the cops about rumors of a Columbine type attack.

Sammie Chavez was arrested after police say he tried to recruit students to help him with the attack on Wednesday.

Tuesday night witnesses reported two men with rifles near a school.

Police are trying to figure out if the men were hunting.

Hunting is allowed inside Bartlesville city limits.

The school district has decided to close all schools until after the Christmas break due to what they called a "credible threat."

Students will return January 2nd.

Bartlesville placed the message below on its website late Tuesday night:

Due to credible reports of a threat at the high school, all Bartlesville Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, December 19. In light of the ongoing police investigation, we will be unable to provide details at this time. We expect the situation to be stabilized by the time students are scheduled to return to school on January 2, 2013. During the Winter Break we will be working with the local police department to evaluate current security at all sites and determine recommendations for the safety of our students.

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