A Wellston teen who was arrested for text message threats that prompted a lockdown at Tecumseh High School on Nov. 3 is now formally charged.

A Wellston teen who was arrested for text message threats that prompted a lockdown at Tecumseh High School on Nov. 3 is now formally charged.

Lucas J. Goss, 18, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with a felony count of terrorism hoax. He is accused of threatening an act of violence involving the employees and students of Tecumseh High School.

In addition, Goss is charged with two misdemeanor counts of threatening to perform an act of violence involving sending messages on social media threatening serious bodily harm or death involving persons not listed other than initials, with those incidents alleged on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.

The felony charge that involves Tecumseh High School prompted a nearly four-hour lockdown at that campus on Nov. 3.

During the investigation, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney the suspect’s reported girlfriend attends Tecumseh High School. The text message reportedly made a threat to the principal, Kidney said, and Goss allegedly made threats to “shoot up the place.”

That message prompted an immediate lockdown about 10:45 a.m. and a search for the suspect. Kidney said based on other information obtained in the investigation, the threats were deemed credible and authorities took no chances.

Kidney, who said Goss resides in Wellston, said they contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to check his home, then a tip about Goss having ties to Harrah eventually led to him being found.

Harrah police located Goss about 2:20 p.m. Nov. 3, so the lockdown was lifted by 2:30 p.m. No injuries or issues were reported.

During the lockdown, Kidney said students were escorted to lunch and everyone else was denied access to the school.

Goss was arrested and initially jailed on a $20,000 bond in the case. He is no longer listed as a jai inmate at he Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center; his next court date on these charges is set for Jan. 23.