PAWHUSKA — Swift action from the Pawhuska Police Department Wednesday afternoon made the first day of school Thursday safer after a man made violent threats towards Pawhuska Public Schools and a business.

Justin Wilson Boone, 20, was arrested Wednesday on allegations of threatening violent acts, Pawhuska Police Chief Nick Silva said.

According to a statement from Silva, the police department was made aware of the threats Wednesday afternoon.

“The threats were specific and made by one male suspect who was identified by multiple witnesses,” Silva said.

The suspect, Boone, was “immediately tracked down” at his residence and taken into custody by Pawhuska police, Silva said.

The police chief said during an interview, Boone admitted to making the threats towards Pawhuska Public Schools, as well as his workplace.

“As we have made clear to the community, the safety of our schools is a priority,” Silva said. “There are no exceptions nor excuses for such threats or acts. The swift action of the Pawhuska Police Department and determination to assure the threat was removed is clear in this incident.”

Silva went on to thank the witnesses who reported Boone’s threat.

Pawhuska Public Schools Superintendent David Cash released a statement about the threat on the school district’s website Thursday.

“We have been made aware this morning of threats that were made towards Pawhuska Public Schools yesterday afternoon,” Cash said. “Due to the swift action of our police department, the suspect was immediately detained. None of our staff or students were in immediate danger. We want to thank the Pawhuska Police Department for their quick response to this issue.”

As of Friday morning, Boone remains in the Osage County Jail. Online court records show formal charges have not yet been against Boone.