Sylvan Hills High School student arrested after social media threats
By Sarah Chaffin
SHERWOOD, Ark. (KATV) — A high school student is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor after he made violent threats on social media against his school, according to school officials.Sylvan Hills High School was put on precautionary lockdown Wednesday morning until Sherwood Police identified the male student and arrested him at approximately 8:30 a.m.Pulaski County Special School District spokesperson Deb Roush said the threat was made on the student's public Twitter account, and referenced violence against the entire school. "Because social media is so public we do get reports and tips from students and parents when they do see something that isn't right," Roush said. Roush said this is not the first time one of PCSSD's schools have gone into lockdown because of a threat made on social media. She added it's a growing problem in Central Arkansas and around the country.Roush said the school takes social media threats seriously, whether they are meant as a joke or not."Sometimes these are serious threats, sometimes these are hoaxes, sometimes it's an attempt to be funny, sometimes it's cyber bullying," Roush said. "But no matter what, the district is going to take it seriously because you can't read between the lines when you see something on Twitter or Instagram."No weapons were found on campus and no one was injured. The suspect is in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center and has been charged with Making a Terrorist Threat and Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, both felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
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