Police: Shot Fired at Little Rock School Bus Stop

Police: Shot Fired at Little Rock School Bus Stop

9mm shell casing found at the scene, gun found at nearby home.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old boy after a shot was fired at a school bus stop.

It happened shortly after eight o'clock this morning at 15th and Abigail streets, according to the police report.

A School Resource Officer at Forest Heights Middle School told police that when students began arriving at school, he was made aware of four victims in the incident.

When police went to the area of 15th & Abigail, they found a 9mm shell casing lying in the street.

Detectives and officers searched the area and found the 15-year-old suspect walking along W. 14th Street.

Police say a semiautomatic handgun was later found at the home of another juvenile who was not involved in this incident and was not charged.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threatening (four counts), and Possession of a Firearm on school property.

The Little Rock School District sent the following letter about the incident to parents:

This morning, four female students who attend Forest Heights reported that a male student fired a gun into the air at their bus stop at 15th and Abigail.  The male then left the scene.  No students were injured.   Students reported the incident to school officials who immediately contacted LRSD Safety and Security officers and the Little Rock Police Department.  Parents of the students were called, officers from both departments began an investigation and collected statements from the female students.
As a result of the report from the female students,  the student who reportedly had the gun was identified and has been taken into custody by police.  He will be disciplined according to the LRSD Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.  The LRPD will also follow through with appropriate actions as per the law. 
While this was was an unfortunate, isolated incident, we are thankful that it did not result in any injuries. We also are thankful that students reported the incident to school officials immediately.  The staff at Forest Heights Middle School is focused on the safety and well-being of all students and staff members.  We are determined to do whatever is necessary to maintain a safe and secure learning environment at Forest Heights Middle School.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Green at Connie.Green@lrsd.org.  
Here are ways LRSD reinforces safety and security measures district-wide:

    Monitoring of bus stops by LRSD Safety and Security Personnel and LRPD
    More than half of our buses are equipped with cameras which also can record audio

    Security systems, including use of hand-held scanning devices, cameras, Little Rock police officers, LRSD Safety and Security officers, school visibility plans, teacher monitoring of hallways, and the alertness of many students, contribute to our sense and practice for the safety of students and staff. 
    LRSD requires quarterly scans of all students on campuses, three random scans of students and two random scans of lockers.  Schools may elect to do them more frequently.
    Use of a hotline and reliance on call-ins that provide critical input for overall security efforts.

Forest  Heights administrators also implement the following measures:

    Mobile Security Officers that use golf carts to patrol exterior of school

    Duty personnel, Safety and Security officers and school resource officers assist students in exiting school, getting on buses; and monitor perimeter of campus

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