Police investigate threat of violence to school

Police investigate threat of violence to school
(Source: KAIT)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Several law enforcement agencies are investigating a threat to Walnut Ridge School District, with officials saying they will keep a heavy officer presence at the school.

According to Walnut Ridge Police Capt. Jordan Cooksey, authorities were notified of a threat of violence toward the school that was reported to have been made on social media.

Cooksey said Walnut Ridge police, Lawrence County deputies and Arkansas State Police began investigating the threat.

"After interviewing different individuals, it was discovered that the threat was made through an anonymous messaging application. The Arkansas State Police contacted and have aided in interviewing individuals throughout the weekend, as well as utilizing existing contacts with agents on the federal level for additional expertise," Cooksey said in a statement.

Police plan to have a heavy officer presence at the school, with additional security measures in place, Cooksey said.

"All available officers of the Walnut Ridge Police Department will be posted on campus, along with deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office," Cooksey said. "In addition, the Arkansas State Police have pulled officers in from surrounding areas to post at the school."

No arrests have been made, but persons of interest are being investigated, Cooksey said.

"The credibility of this threat has not been determined, but has, and will continue to be treated with the upmost seriousness," Cooksey said. "This investigation will remain ongoing until the person or persons responsible have been brought to justice."

Anyone with information on the case can call Walnut Ridge Police at 870-886-3568.

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