Po­lice, school dis­tricts re­sponded to on­line threat

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

Many po­lice de­part­ments and school dis­tricts across the state –in­clud­ing Sa­line County – have re­leased state­ments about an on­line threat of a school shoot­ing.

The Lit­tle Rock FBI of­fice is­sued a gen­eral aware­ness state­ment about a threat in­volv­ing a pos­si­ble shoot­ing Thurs­day in Arkansas and Wednesday in Ken­tucky. The FBI could not con­firm the source of the threat.

“At this time, no cor­rob­o­rat­ing ev­i­dence or use­ful de­tails have been un­cov­ered in re­gard to the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the FBI,” ac­cord­ing to Arkansas State Po­lice. “In the event more spe­cific or cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion is re­ceived; it will be shared with lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fices, state and lo­cal school of­fi­cials, as well as Arkansas cit­i­zens.”

Harmony Grove Su­per­in­ten­dent Heath Bennett wrote in a state­ment that the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the threat lives in an­other coun­try.

There has not been any threats made spe­cific to any school dis­trict in Sa­line County, ac­cord­ing to dis­trict of­fi­cials.

School dis­trict of­fi­cials across the county agree that stu­dent safety is a top pri­or­ity. All dis­tricts plan to work with lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments to keep their stu­dents safe.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about a threat of vi­o­lence, whether the site of the threat may be a school or other public place, he or she is en­cour­aged to contact Arkansas State Po­lice or lo­cal law en­force­ment, ac­cord­ing to ASP.

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