Sylvan Hills High re-opens schools for Friday after threat on social media, security will be present on campus

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UPDATE:

SHERWOOD, Ark. — The Pulaski County Special School District says Sylvan Hills High School and the freshman campus will be open Friday, with increased security.

The Pulaski County Special School District released the following statement Thursday:

Pulaski County Special School District appreciates the hard work and cooperation with the Sherwood police department, Arkansas State Police and the FBI as we continue to investigate the threats made against Sylvan Hills High School.

After coordination with these law enforcement agencies, PCSSD has decided to open school on Friday, February 14 for Sylvan Hills High School – main and north campuses.

The safety and security of staff is our top concern. Therefore, we are grateful that Arkansas State Police and Sherwood Police will offer additional security at the main campus and north campus. We will also have added law enforcement at Sylvan Hills Elementary and Cato Elementary due to their proximity to each high school campus. Sylvan Hills Middle School will have PCSSD security on campus throughout the day as well.

In addition to the security presence, PCSSD security will have metal detectors and scanning devices set up at entry points for Sylvan Hills High School main campus and the north campus.es Every student and staff member will be required to enter the building through the designated areas.

The following is a summary of communication from PCSSD to the public as the investigation began and progressed.

UPDATE (5:37 PM): The following message has been sent to parents of students: After coordination with Sherwood Police, Arkansas State Police, and the FBI, PCSSD has decided to open school on Friday, February 14 for Sylvan Hills High School – main and north campuses.

UPDATE (5:27 PM):

FBI and District officials will not confirm any suspects in the investigation.

The FBI has said that they usually see an uptick in hoax threats around a school shooting or a well-publicized threat such as this one. Public Affairs Officer Connor Hagan with the FBI said, “We’re not going to stop tracking you because we realize it’s a hoax, they didn’t mean, it’s a joke. We’re going to track you down!”

Hagan says he has been encouraged by the amount of people who saw something and said something, “Thank you to the individuals who reached out to local and federal law enforcement when they saw threatening post or suspicious posts online.”

The FBI encourages anyone with any information regarding these threats or if they know of any hoax threats to call their tip line 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).

ORIGINAL STORY:

SHERWOOD, Ark.- Sylvan Hills North, also known as the Freshman Academy, will be closed Thursday.

According to a post on the Sylvan Hills High School Facebook page, the reason for the closure is due to a threat made against the north campus that was posted on social media Wednesday night.

Sylvan Hills High School is also closed Thursday as law enforcement continues to investigate a threat made against the school.

The Pulaski County Special School District released the following statement about the closures:

Due to a post found on social media last night (Wednesday, Feb. 12) regarding a threat against the north campus, Sylvan Hills NORTH (aka Freshman Academy) will be closed today, February 13. This will be an AMI day.

Additionally, due to the threats at SYLVAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, PCSSD and Sherwood PD will have added security at SYLVAN HILLS and CATO ELEMENTARY as a precaution. No threat was ever made against this school. This is just a safety measure due to its proximity to the main campus.

We’ll have more on this developing story.

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