Officials Release Statements Concerning the Social Media Threats to Walnut Ridge School

 A possible threat made on social media about Walnut Ridge Middle School had law enforcement and officials in Lawrence County on alert over the weekend. The threat was made using an app that allows the poster to remain anonymous. 

Monday April 30th , the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office stated the following…..

On April 27, 2018 officers with the Walnut Ridge Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible threat sent to a juvenile female via social media.  After gathering information a person of interest was developed and brought to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office for a formal interview.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police interviewed the male juvenile who admitted to his involvement.  The juvenile was arrested and is being held on charges of Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat.

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Yesterday the Lawrence County School District released this statement.

Walnut Ridge administration met today with several different law enforcement agencies to discuss the threat that was made last week. At this time local police have persons of interest that are being interviewed but no arrest has been made yet.

​​There will be a heavy presence of law enforcement officers in all school buildings throughout the week. Middle School students will need to all enter through the front doors for the next few days. School officials and law enforcement officers will be on hand to speak with students tomorrow as we search for any tips that will help with the investigation. 

Many Walnut Ridge parents took to Facebook expressing their concerns and questioning if they should keep their children home. Neighboring Hoxie School stated they would have extra security at events they have planned this week

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest and the juvenile is not a student at Walnut Ridge.