Local law enforcement says school shooting threat ‘unsubstantiated’


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA) — The Little Rock FBI office issued a general awareness statement regarding online rumors about a school shooting threat in Arkansas.

The FBI says it received a report that a school shooting would occur in Arkansas on August, 29.

The threat was not specific to any school in the state.

The Arkansas State Police issued a release on Sunday stating that it has been in “close contact in recent days with the Federal Bureau of Investigation attempting to identify the source of an alleged threat of gun violence at an undisclosed Arkansas school,” but that no corroborating evidence or useful details have been uncovered.

Several local schools say they are monitoring the threat, which local law enforcement has deemed ‘unsubstantiated.’

The safety of your child is our top priority. We are not aware of any threat to Bentonville Schools and remain in close contact with Bentonville Police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Bentonville School District

In Siloam Springs, police say they are not aware of any direct threats to the Siloam Springs School District.

The police department says it will be working closely with the school district to ensure the safety of all students and faculty, but that the threat is “unsubstantiated and no credible information has been received.”

The Prairie Grove School District says it is also monitoring the situation.

“Prairie Grove School District will continue to monitor the provided information and work closely with Prairie Grove School District and other law enforcement agencies to take appropriate security measures.

Prairie Grove School District

Chief Lynn Hahn with the Pea Ridge Police Department said he personally spoke with the FBI and was told they do not have any credible information regarding a threat to an Arkansas school, but that his department takes the safety of children extremely seriously.

Hahn said Pea Ridge police will be providing extra security to local schools to address any potential problem.

Authorities say any threats found on social media should be reported to police immediately.

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