The Arkansas State Police has been in close contact in recent days with the Federal Bureau of Investigation attemping to identify the source of an alleged threat of gun violence at an undisclosed Arkansas school reportedly planned for later this week.
At this time no corroborating evidence or useful details have been uncovered in regard to the information provided to the FBI.
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.
The Arkansas State Police asks that if anyone has information about a threat of violence whether the site of the threat may be a school or other public place, please contact your nearest Arkansas State Police Office or local law enforcement agency. A complete listing of state police offices can be found at https://asp.arkansas.gov/divisions/highway-patrol/
JPD also issued a statement about the social media hoax.
“At this time, no viable threat has been made to our area schools”, stated Chief Rick Elliott.
The FBI sent out the following notification over the weekend, JPD said.
“The Little Rock FBI office received a report indicating a school shooting would occur in Kentucky on August 28, 2019 and in Arkansas on August 29, 2019. The reporting party lives in another country, and his/her identity could not be confirmed. The reporting party allegedly receive the information while playing an online video game. Attempts to ascertain the identity of the person who made the comment on his/her location were unsuccessful. This information has been provided for general awareness.
“No direct threats have been made to any of our local school districts. We take the safety of our children very serious and will provide the proper security measures and work with our districts to achieve this goal”, says Chief Elliott.