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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There is an additional police force at several area schools Monday after vague threats made.

Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department tells Region 8 News the added security measures stem from threats made on social media by a juvenile. Rolland says the unnamed juvenile was arrested and charged with terroristic threatening. The person arrested was charged as a juvenile.

The arrested happened a month ago but rumors caused several school districts to take extra precaution.

No specific schools were threatened. However, it was enough to raise concern by school officials to notify authorities.

Several schools sent notifications to parents Monday morning to inform them of the additional police presence. According to one notification, "anonymous threats were made to northeast Arkansas schools".

Greene County Tech Superintendent, Jerry Noble, was one of those who chose to increase security Monday.

"We had extra police present," he said. "We installed buzz in systems last year and made sure those who are in charge of letting people in the building, identified those people before letting them in."

An alert was also sent to parents explaining why there would be extra patrolmen.

"The more information you can get out there the better off because you can put a stop to the rumors," Noble said.

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