Two Craighead County Students Charged with Threat at Westside

FEBRUARY 28, 2007 - Posted at 9:44 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Two teenage boys are in the Craighead County Detention Center facing charges for threats made toward students at Westside High School.

The boys, ages 16 and 17 were overheard by other teens at a party over the weekend.

The boys were allegedly bragging about their plans to take a handgun to the school and shoot people on a "hit list".

The two students are charged with terroristic threatening, minor in possession of a firearm, and theft by receiving.

Sheriff Jack McCann tells K8 News the theft charge is because the boys told him the recovered handgun was stolen.

On Tuesday a bus driver with the Westside School approached a high school principal telling him that some students had told him about the threats.

"One of the kids referenced having a gun and having a hit list and coming up to Westside the next week with the gun and the hit list," said Dr. James Best, Superintendent of the Westside School District.

Sheriff Jack McCann said several witnesses interviewed by school resource officer and sheriff's deputies talked about the alleged hit list.

"Supposedly there was a hit list, we've not been able to find that and I'm not sure it does exist... but they had certain people that they intended to injure," said McCann.

Three students -- one at a Jonesboro School, one at a Nettleton School, and one at Westside were interviewed by school resource officers, each telling the same story.

"They gave pretty detailed accounts of the threats these boys were making said they did have a firearm and described it," said McCann.

The alleged weapon, a 22 caliber handgun has been recovered.  One of the suspects was arrested at the Success School in Jonesboro, a school for kids who've been in trouble before.  The other was arrested at the first suspects' home.

Sheriff McCann said both of the young men deny ever making the threats.

Authorities aren't releasing the names of the two boys because they are charged as juveniles.

Neither of the teens attended Westside schools.  One attended the Success Alternative School and the other was home schooled.