Student Arrested after Shooting Threat Made at Fayetteville High School

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  – Police have arrested a student after a threat of a shooting was made against Fayetteville High School.

According to school district officials, Fayetteville Police Department officers investigated an online threat to “shoot up the high school like they did in Florida” made by a Fayetteville High School student on Thursday evening. The police determined that the student did not intend to carry out the threat, but the act of making a threat against a school is against the law, and the student was arrested. 

“Fayetteville Public Schools appreciates the good work by the Fayetteville Police Department and their vigilant partnership with us to help keep our schools safe places for teaching and learning,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt. “When we are made aware of any type of threat, we work together with the police to act swiftly and decisively. We look forward to a regular day of school today.”

On Thursday, Fayetteville High School’s Resource Officer was contacted by a school official about a video posted on Snapchat. Families of students at the school also reported the video.

When police investigated, they made contact with the student and guardians.

Police say due to the nature of the video, the student was arrested Friday around 2 a.m.

The student is being held at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center. 

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