Superintendent: ‘Appropriate action’ taken following school threat

Superintendent: ‘Appropriate action’ taken following school threat

NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - Newport school administrators say police have completed their investigation into a school shooting threat, and say “appropriate action has been taken.”

Administrators with the Newport Special School District announced on social media Monday that students had notified them of a threat left in a campus bathroom.

District leaders then contacted the Newport Police Department and worked with investigators to identify the culprit.

“The reality of it is, is in today’s society we have to and will always take any type of threat seriously,” Superintendent Brett Bunch said.

Later Monday afternoon, Bunch stated the investigation had been completed and appropriate action had been taken.

He did not identify the school where the threat was left nor the student suspected of leaving the message. He also did not address what “appropriate action” they faced.

He reiterated that the district would “always take threats serious [sic] and always keep the safety of our students and staff the driving force behind any investigation.”

Bunch encouraged parents to speak with their children about the seriousness of making threats, even as a joke.

He concluded by thanking the Newport police for their support and “to our parents and community for allowing us to investigate this situation without being inundated with calls.”

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