A high school student in Arkansas has been arrested in the investigation of a report that they posted a “death list” on social media.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office says the possible threat of violence was reported by Mountain Pine High School Principal Denise Taylor to the school resource officer on Monday.
The GCSO says the student’s mother was brought in for a conference during which the list was found in the student’s backpack by a school official.
The juvenile was taken into custody and sent to the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center.
They are being charged with Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree, a Class D Felony.
“We are well aware of the recent incidents of school violence and take all possible threats very seriously,” says Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick.
Additional patrols will be set up in the Mountain Pine School area as an extra precaution, says the Sheriff’s Office. The case is still under investigation.
The number of Arkansas students arrested for making threats against their schools or who brought a weapon to campus has climbed to twelve.
All but one of the arrests has been since last Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
The latest arrests were in Pottsville over the weekend and in Conway on Monday night.
Earlier on Monday, North Little Rock Police were notified of a message sent through Snapchat by a NLR student which referenced a Facebook threat post from last week.
According to police, during the investigation a 17-year-old student was identified and arrested for his Snapchat post.
In a released statement from NLRPD, “Any threats of this nature are taken extremely seriously. We will not tolerate this behavior. Any threat such as this will be thoroughly investigated. If the source of threats such as this is located the person(s) will be arrested and charged. A school is an environment where students go to learn. It is not a place where students, their parents and faculty should fear violence on any level. To cause this sort of alarm is a criminal act.”
To clarify, NLR police say the original threat that was sent to NLR High School on Friday via Facebook is still under investigation. There has not yet been an arrest for this threat.
Eleven other students have been arrested in the following cities since last Wednesday: North Little Rock, Mammoth Spring, Fayetteville, Berryville, Star City, Gurdon, Hackett, Timbo, Cave City, Conway and Pottsville. A threat was also reported at McGehee, but no arrest was made.