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Arkansas high school student arrested for terroristic threat; had AR-15 on layaway

Jacob Carrigan (Photo Courtesy: Van Buren Sheriff's Office)

An 18-year-old Clinton High School student is behind bars on a terroristic threat charge after police say possible threats were made, including a comment he reportedly made to his girlfriend about showing up to graduation and shooting.

Police began investigating possible threats made after the student, identified as Jacob Carrigan, reportedly went around school asking other students if they thought he was rude or not, then marked their answers. Police report he told a few people, "okay, you're safe then," after they said he was not rude, and he had recently put an AR-15 on layaway at a local pawn shop.

Carrigan is currently being held at the Van Buren County Detention Center on a charge of falsely communicating a terroristic threat.

Court documents show that authorities interviewed Carrigan, students at the school, including Carrigan's supposed girlfriend, and teachers.

The officer met with a teacher, who said Carrigan's girlfriend had told her Carrigan had said something along the lines of, "hey, wouldn't it be funny if I showed up to graduation and started shooting?" The girl answered no. Carrigan then responded, "true", according to court documents.

According to the Superintendent of Clinton School District, Andrew Vining, Carrigan was a senior and was suspended on Monday.

Vining released the following statement:

We take every threat or potential threat very serious. We are and will do everything we possibly can to keep our students safe in Clinton School District. We believe we have done so in this situation.
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