A 15-year-old student at Arkansas High School was arrested Tuesday after allegedly making threats of violence at the school on social media, Arkansas-side police said.
Late in the school day Tuesday, a student reported to school administration that a male classmate had made violent threats via Instagram, said Genia Bullock, district spokeswoman.
AHS administrators and the school resource officer found and detained the teen, she said.
“The student’s social media threat referenced bringing a weapon to school and harming others,” said Dr. Becky Kesler, superintendent of Texarkana, Ark., School District.
Police were called to the high school about 2 p.m. Investigators interviewed the teen, then arrested him and charged him with first-degree terroristic threatening, said Kristi Bennett, spokeswoman for Texarkana, Ark., Police Department.
The police department “will continue to aggressively pursue any reported threatening activity to determine if a serious crime has taken place,” Bennett said in a press release. “If a serious threat has been made, the parties responsible will be arrested.without exception.”
The district is working with police to “investigate the incident and will continue to work diligently to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Bullock said. “We must all stay vigilant and work together to ensure the safety of our schools and our community.
“Please continue to talk to your children and let them know how to reach out for help or to report suspicious behavior. If you see or hear something that alludes to a possible dangerous or harmful situation, call and report it.”
The superintendent said she was proud of how the incident was handled.
“We are proud of the swift reporting from the other AHS student and the work of our TASD security team, administrators and the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department,” Kesler said.
Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call police at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP (7867).