Man arrested after threatening to 'shoot up' school

Man arrested after threatening to 'shoot up' school

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - A Cherokee Village man faces a charge of terroristic threatening after investigators say he threatened to "shoot up" a school.

On Tuesday a Sharp County deputy responded to Highland High School where the school's counselor said 18-year-old Joseph Griffin had touched another student in a manner that upset her.

When confronted with the accusations, according to the court documents, Griffin said he "wanted to shoot the school up."

The deputy advised Griffin of his Miranda rights then asked if had made the threats.

According to the affidavit, Griffin told the investigator "he got mad and said it."

He reportedly told the deputy he knew "how serious this matter was and how he knew better than to make threats from other incidents."

When asked if he actually thought about doing such an act and if he were capable of hurting innocent people, Griffin reportedly said "he wasn't sure if he would."

"He never showed remorse or gave me any reason to believe he didn't mean what he said," the deputy noted in the court document.

The deputy arrested Griffin and took him to the Sharp County Sheriff's Department where he was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class A felony.

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