Sebastian County Parents Meet After Gun Threat At High School

Hartford High School administrators took days to report a gun threat at a Sebastian County high school. Now at least one local parent said she is considering pulling her son out of the school.

Hartford parents met with school officials Thursday night to discuss the gun threat that led to the arrest of a Hartford High School student. Danielle Woodard is a local mom.

“My kids are at risk,” said Woodard.

Woodard said she is debating on pulling her son out of the high school after a gun threat was allegedly made Friday by a student.

A Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office report states a student was overheard late last week telling classmates that if there were no rules, he would shoot everyone. A teacher reported the threat to the school’s principal. The principal did not report it to the Sheriff’s Office, so the teacher took matters into her own hands, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies arrived at the school on Monday to investigate. The 16 year old was arrested the next day. His name is not being released by the Sheriff’s Office.

“We are going to get together and have a series of meetings,” said Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck. “Some educational meetings with the staff, with the administrators and with the students.”

Hollenbeck said the meetings aiming to improve school safety are set to start soon.

“Our ultimate goal, of course, is the safety of the children,” Hollenbeck said. “And I honestly believe it’s the same thing with the superintendent.”

School administrators would not comment on the student due to his age. They also would not discuss any disciplinary actions against the faculty.

The teenager who allegedly made the threats was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening, which is a felony.


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