A Sebastian County teenager is behind bars after deputies say he threatened to shoot everyone at Hartford High School, according to a news release from the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Hartford parent March Harris. “I never thought it would happen in this local town like this.”
The 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. His name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office.
The teenager allegedly told two other students at the high school on Friday that if there were no rules, he would bring a gun to school and shoot everyone. Deputies were notified of the situation by a teacher who called authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s happening all over the world,” said Hartford resident Margaret Lewis, lamenting the number of school shootings and scares at schools. “But you don’t expect it to happen close to you.”
Deputies investigated the incident and interviewed the teenager, later arresting him.