JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - “All y’all are going to feel bullets.”
Jonesboro police say that reported threat led to a high school student’s arrest.
On Monday, officers arrested 18-year-old Christian Issiah McIntosh on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.
The alleged threat occurred at the Jonesboro High School, according to court documents.
Witnesses told investigators McIntosh and another student “were talking about having guns in their bags and having a school shooting.”
According to the affidavit, McIntosh was “very irritated” and told the other students to shut up and made comments about his bag, “leading the witness to believe he had a gun.”
McIntosh reportedly told the students, “All y’all are going to feel bullets.”
He then told one of the kids, “I’m going to give you time to get out,” then started to count down from ten, the court documents said.
“McIntosh then stopped and said, ‘I’ll wait till the class fills up,’” the affidavit said. “At this time, one student sent a message to administration because they were afraid and hoped they would come and intervene.”
After contacting her by phone, McIntosh’s mother brought him to the police station for questioning.
Initially, according to the report, McIntosh said the allegations “sounded like something he would joke about, but didn’t remember saying anything.”
He later told the detective “he did say something and did start a countdown from ten, and told one of the student that he would let him leave,” the affidavit stated.
Based on the witnesses’ reports and interview, the detective took McIntosh into custody.
On Tuesday, he appeared before a Craighead County District Court judge who found probable cause to arrest him and set his bond at $3,500.
McIntosh is due in circuit court on December 28 to answer the charge.
Dr. Kim Wilbanks, superintendent of Jonesboro Public Schools, addressed the incident to Region 8 News on Tuesday.
She said officials were “informed of a possible safety concern at the end of the day on Monday. A threat report was turned over to the Jonesboro Police Department. The Jonesboro School District takes safety concerns seriously even if unfounded or without merit. JPD detectives investigated and found probable cause to make an arrest.”
Wilbanks said students were never in any danger and the administration acted quickly.
“As always, the safety and security of the students in the Jonesboro School District is our top priority,” Wilbanks told Region 8 News.