Boy accused of threatening to ‘shoot up’ school

Updated: Apr. 15, 2021 at 4:49 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro police took a boy into custody after they say he made threats on social media to “shoot up the school.”

Greg Brannon, the dean of students at Valley View Junior High School, called Officer Chad Elrod around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, about the threats.

According to the initial incident report, a 14-year-old boy “made threats to shoot up the school tomorrow.”

Police say he also threatened to shoot another 14-year-old boy.

After receiving the student’s contact information, Elrod and Detective Bill Brown went to the boy’s home where his parents agreed to an interview at the police department.

Elrod drove the juvenile suspect to the police department and left him in Brown’s custody.

“The juvenile was released to his parents and this case has been transferred to the Juvenile Court,” Sally Smith, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, said on Thursday.

Region 8 News contacted Superintendent Bryan Russell’s office for comment Thursday.

“Earlier this week, the District learned about a student threatening another student on social media. The District reported the incident to law enforcement and is cooperating with their investigation. The student who is allegedly responsible for the threat has not been at school, and appropriate actions have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including this individual,” Russell said. “The District encourages parents to speak with their children about the consequences of posting threats of violence online. All threats to the District, its students, or staff are taken seriously and investigated, and any student caught making threats may face possible criminal charges and expulsion from school. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.”

We will update this story as information becomes available.

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