LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Three Arkansas students have been arrested on Monday for either making threats towards their school or for having brought a gun to campus, according to law enforcement.
The schools include Gentry High School, a Fort Smith school, and Baseline Academy in Little Rock.
This makes a total of 26 cases involving a school threat in Arkansas since mid-February.
LITTLE ROCK: LRPD confirms a Baseline Academy student was arrested Monday for having an unloaded gun at school.
Baseline Academy released the following statement to parents on Monday regarding the incident:
"We want to make you aware of our investigation following a report that a student had a gun on campus this afternoon. The gun was not loaded and no students were ever threatened. Thanks to the alertness of a source who made the report and an immediate response from our administrative and security teams, we were able to quickly find and confiscate the unloaded weapon. The student is being disciplined according to the student handbook and the law. I remain confident that along with our administrative team and security staff, that Baseline is secure. We know that a safe campus takes all of us working together and I appreciate the support you continue to provide Baseline. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the district's communications office."
A police report states that the student had a pistol on the playground which he had thrown into a drainage ditch when a school resource officer asked him about the gun.
The child's mother was called to the campus by school officials who later decided that the student would be expelled. He was taken to the LRPD's Southwest detective office and charged with felony possession of a handgun by a minor on school property. He was then taken to the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center.
FORT SMITH: On Sunday, March 4, the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) officers were called to investigate a possible threat to a local school.
According to police, an online gaming platform reported a person, identified by a gamer tag, who had made statements that he was going to “suicide bomb a school.”
Information was provided by the online company that the individual resided in Fort Smith.
Officers spoke with the 13-year-old male and his grandfather. Police say the juvenile previously exhibited similar behaviors and had been suspended from a FS Junior High School for making similar threats.
Monday morning, FSPD Juvenile Detectives further interviewed the juvenile and ultimately arrested him for 1st Degree Terroristic Threatening. He was booked into the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center.
FSPD released the following statement on Monday:
"The Fort Smith Police Department takes threats such as this very seriously. We will continue to thoroughly investigate any threats and will work to swiftly arrest any person who makes threats such as what occurred. Threats like this are not considered a joke and will result in felony charges. FSPD works very closely with Fort Smith School Officials as well as state or federal agencies to prosecute all individuals who make threats toward schools."
GENTRY: Police say a 16-year-old male Gentry High School student was arrested for Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree, Class D Felony.
On Feb. 22, the Gentry Police Department received information of a possible threat at the Gentry High School.
School officials told police that several students were reporting rumors they were hearing, which were alarming in nature, involving threats of violence against the school.
After further investigation, it was determined there was enough evidence to support an arrest warrant being issued and the teen was arrested on March 5.
The Gentry Police Department released a statement on Monday:
"The Gentry Police Department takes the safety of our schools, students, and faculty very seriously, and pledges to investigate every threat, and prosecute those responsible to the fullest."
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