Police: JHS student threatened to “shoot the school up”

Police: JHS student threatened to “shoot the school up”
Omar Rashad James (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro High School student faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of threatening to shoot up the school.

A student told Assistant Principal Heath Roberts on Friday, March 9, that she overheard 18-year-old Omar Rashad James tell another student that he was going to "shoot the school up," according to a probable cause affidavit.

After admitting to Roberts that he had made the comment, James was taken to the Jonesboro Police Department where he was questioned by a detective.

When asked why he made the alleged comment, James told the investigator "he wasn't sure and then stated he was just kidding," the court documents said. "He went on to say he was not mad at anyone at the school."

In an unrelated incident on or about Feb. 26, the affidavit alleged James pawned approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry taken from his girlfriend's mother.

After reviewing the documents, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause on Monday to charge James with falsely communicating a terroristic threat and theft by receiving $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000. If convicted, James could be sentenced to 5-20 years in prison and fined as much as $15,000.

James is being held in the Craighead County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash/surety bond awaiting an April 27 appearance in circuit court to answer the charges.

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