Dozens of Booker T. Washington High School students took a vow of silence for the day.
They participated in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.
"It's kind of like a silent protest ... for, like, reverence to the people who are actually silenced by people constantly harassing them, people having to hide who they are, people who — people who aren't safe to be themselves," said senior Logann Little.
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma.
A Stephens County jury found Chancey Allen Luna guilty on Friday of killing 22-year-old Christopher Lane by shooting him in the back in August 2013 while Lane was jogging in Duncan. The jury recommended that Luna be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa has countered criticism of his qualifications.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC's "Today" show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor paying to join the force are "unbelievably unfair."
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has asked a federal court to temporarily block the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its Downstream Casino in Oklahoma into southeast Kansas.
The request for a preliminary injunction filed Thursday contends the state will suffer irreparable harm if the tribe's casino goes forward. It notes the tribe has already moved in construction equipment.
The state says it is considering proposals for a southeast gaming casino and the tribe's competition lowers the value of the state's facility.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it will conduct an internal review of its reserve deputy program after a 73-year-old volunteer officer fatally shot an unarmed suspect who was on the ground.
Spokesman Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World Thursday that there will be an audit, but he did not discuss details.
Clark did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.
PICHER, Okla. (AP) — A former museum that was one of the last remnants of an abandoned mining community in Ottawa County has been destroyed by a fire.
The Oklahoman reports Picher Mining Field Museum, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, caught fire late Monday or early Tuesday. Quapaw Tribe Fire Department Chief Jeff Reeves declined to comment on the possible origin of the fire.
City of Tulsa employees will be prohibited from using cell phones and other devices while driving starting May 1.
Safety Coordinator Eddy Tijerina said that means no texts, emails or calls, even using hands-free technology like Bluetooth.
"So what we're asking them to do is find a safe place to park, and then either make that call or text they need to do — check their emails, whatever it is — or if they receive a call or text while they're driving, to find a safe place to park," Tijerina said.