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Parent Threat Prompts Investigation at Springdale School

SPRINGDALE, AR -- Police are investigating a possible threat aimed at a Springdale elementary school.
SPRINGDALE, AR -- Police are investigating a possible threat aimed at a Springdale elementary school.

According to officers, on Thursday morning a Parson Hills Elementary student told a teacher that her father, Sammie Polite, 30, had threatened to "take a gun and shoot up the school." Police say the child's aunt also reported hearing the threat.

The school principal called police, and swift action was taken to keep the kids safe just in case. All students were kept indoors while exterior doors remained locked.

Springdale police helped secure the school and also provided surveillance at the child's home since officers were unsure where Polite was.

Investigators later figured out that the threats were made earlier in the week and that Polite was in Portland, Arkansas, a town on the southern border of the state. Officers asked him to drive to the local sheriff's office to confirm he was not in Springdale, which he did.

Police are continuing to investigate this case.

UPDATE: Sept. 27, 2013

A felony warrant for terroristic threatening has been issued for Sammie Lee Polite.

According to the warrant affidavit, On September 26, Springdale Police received a call from the Assistant Principal of Parson Hills Elementary School regarding information on a possible school attack.

The child reported that Polite had told her he was "going to take a gun, shoot up the halls making it a silent night at Parson Hills."

According to court documents, the student's aunt called shortly thereafter expressing concern for the safety of the child and her family as well as the school children and staff because Polite had made a threat that he was going to "shoot up the school and make it a silent night."

Later that day, authorities issued the warrant for Polite for one charge of terroristic threatening, a class D felony.

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