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Man arrested after threat to Ada schools

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Heavily-armed Ada officers took Gerald Williams into custody. (Courtesy) Heavily-armed Ada officers took Gerald Williams into custody. (Courtesy)
Gerald Williams was arrested in connection with a threat made to Ada City Schools. (KTEN) Gerald Williams was arrested in connection with a threat made to Ada City Schools. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- An Ada man was arrested Thursday after allegedly making threats to Ada City Schools.

Ada police took 37-year-old Gerard Williams into custody around 1 p.m. His arrest was caught on camera.

WILLIAMS: "What are you doing to me?"
OFFICER: "I promise I'm not going to shoot you; open the door."
WILLIAMS: "What are you doing to me?"
OFFICER: "Open it now!"

The district closed all campuses for the day after receiving the threat on Wednesday evening.

"The language and narrative was such that we felt it necessary to take the safest approach," Ada City Schools Superintendent Mike Anderson said.

While the threat was not specific to any particular campus, administrators did not want to take any risks.

"Sometimes people think these are real hard decisions, but in actuality for me, if it's for the best interest of our kids and the safety of our kids, that's not a difficult decision to make," Superintendent Mike Anderson said.

Ada City Schools will reopen on Friday morning.

Williams was taken to the Pontotoc County Jail and is being charged with threatening or planning a violent act.

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