Counselors are available this week at McLoud Schools as students and staff mourn the shooting death of a McLoud sophomore. Two teenage suspects have been taken into custody on manslaughter complaints in that case.

Counselors are available this week at McLoud Schools as students and staff mourn the shooting death of a McLoud sophomore. Two teenage suspects have been taken into custody on manslaughter complaints in that case.

McLoud Police Chief Tom Pringle said two teens are being held in juvenile detention in the shooting death of Kaylen Thomas, 16.

Thomas was at a classmate's home in McLoud with several students Friday afternoon when she was shot in the head. She was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where she later died. Pringle said police investigated the case all weekend and on Sunday made two arrests.

A 15-year-old girl who is believed to be the shooter is being held in the Sac and Fox juvenile detention facility, Pringle said. A 16-year-old boy who allegedly brought the gun involved in this shooting and gave it to that girl is being held in Carter Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Shawnee, he added.

At least one of those students is also reported to be a student at McLoud, according to reports. Their names have not yet been released and formal charges have not been filed, but both teens are expected to make an initial appearance before a judge in a closed courtroom on Tuesday.

Pringle said the shooting remains under investigation. And while investigators aren't clear on a motive just yet, Pringle said they do know the shooting was not an accident.

"This was not just a couple kids playing with a gun," he said.

While police continue interviews as part of the investigation, McLoud Schools, on its website, reports that staff, students, parents and families have access to counselors that were available Monday and will be there throughout the week as needed. Reports indicated more than 20 counselors are assisting the district.

“We are touched by the many school districts and individuals who have reached out to assist us,” Principal Rhonda Hockenbury said.

  

Because of the shooting, the school district canceled the McLoud football game scheduled Friday night and it was rescheduled and played Saturday afternoon in Cushing. Cheerleaders and football players from both teams paused to pay tribute and purple balloons, – Kaylen's favorite color — were released in remembrance by the McLoud team.

In addition, the Kaylen Thomas Memorial Fund has been set up to assist her family with funeral expenses. Donations may be taken to the BancFirst in McLoud, PO Box 130, McLoud, OK 74851, or to Melanie Krausse at the McLoud Chamber office or to Hockenbury at McLoud High School. A Go Fund Me page also has been set up.

Funeral services for Kaylen will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the McLoud High School gym. Her family requests casual dress.

Via Twitter, McLoud Schools also posted that Kaylen would want everyone to dress casual and “wear blue or purple,” which were her favorite colors. “Please come by and show your respects as we celebrate such a beautiful life.”

Watch for updates.