February 15, 2007--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR--A 13-year-old former MacArthur Junior High student is in the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center for what is being called terroristic threatening.
The student allegedly corresponded with an Annie Camp Junior High student on Myspace about what he would do at a school.
The student is currently being home schooled after leaving MacArthur in December. The child also used to be a student in the Nettleton and Brookland School districts.
He had a Myspace page that misrepresented his age and hometown; it was that Myspace page where he made the threat and what tipped off police.
"A concerned citizen was told by their juvenile child that they had conversed with a person online that made threats that they were going to do something at a school," said Sgt. Todd Nelson of the Jonesboro Police Department.
Nelson says Jonesboro Police searched the home of the suspect. In his room, they found tubes with duck tape around them, a list of names, and a number of diagrams with a disturbing theme.
"There were just random drawings, most focused towards an adoration to the Columbine students," said Nelson.
While none of the evidence gathered pointed towards the juvenile having a defined plan, nevertheless it is a scary situation.
"Fortunately, in this case, the juvenile didn't have the means to carry out anything," said Nelson.
While no specific schools were mentioned as potential targets, the 13-year-old student last attended MacArthur Junior High in December. While it appears he didn't have the capability to do anything, the Jonesboro School District and police department say all threats must be treated equally.
"Unfortunately, we've learned the hard way that if any of these signs are ignored it could lead to problems," said Nelson.
In this case, police were tipped off when a student at Annie Camp Junior High realized something wasn't right. Jonesboro School District Superintendent Steve Singleton feels students have to relay information in situations like this.
"Be sure to talk to your children and encourage them to come forward whenever they hear things like this. They can use this as an example," said Singleton.