Bentonville police patrolled the high school Thursday and Friday (Feb. 21) after a bomb threat was found Thursday afternoon in one of the bathrooms. The bomb squad’s K-9 units were also brought in.
“This morning I didn’t give it too much thought because I saw they were going to be cleaning, sweeping the school overnight, making sure everything was safe for the kids,” said Veeliscia Hornsby, Bentonville mom.
The threat was found on a bathroom wall in the school’s south building around 3:30 p.m. (Feb. 20), said Mary Ley, district spokeswoman. The threat states it would happen at the school on Friday, Ley said.
“Kind of a little shocking, although you kind of think that if they really wanted to do damage, they wouldn’t have written it down,” said Darla Burgener, Bentonville parent.
Parents were notified electronically about the bomb threat. Bentonville police asked staff to again review their rooms Friday.
“I believe they did a good job of making sure the parents were aware as well as their students,” Hornsby said.
Bentonville Superintendent Michael Poore said they plan to check surveillance cameras to try to track down the person responsible.
“They’ll be pretty serious consequences if we found him because this is disrupting the academic learning environment and take that seriously,” Poore said.
The student could be suspended, expelled or face criminal charges.