Student Arrested In Gun Threat At Bentonville High School

S. OVERSTREET

Bentonville police on Tuesday (April 1) arrested Samantha Overstreet, 18, on suspicion of threatening to “shoot up” Bentonville High School on Monday.

Police said Overstreet’s arrest was unrelated to Tuesday’s bomb threat that sent Bentonville High School students home early.

Overstreet, of Garfield, was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening after a student and school staff member discovered a gun threat in a girls’ restroom at Bentonville High School on Monday morning. She is facing a Class D felony charge in the incident, police said.

The note written on the restroom wall said the writer was going to “shoot the place up” Tuesday, according to the school district. Overstreet later confessed to writing the threat and was picked up Monday by her parents, who said they did not have any guns at home, said Mary Ley, spokeswoman for the school district.

Extra security was assigned to the high school for Monday night and Tuesday morning to “ensure the safety of the school,” according to a note sent home to parents from Assistant Principal James Swim.

Authorities on Tuesday, though, discovered a bomb threat at the school. The high school was evacuated, and no one was hurt. Police have not yet found any evidence of a bomb at the school.

The Bentonville Police Department is working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in investigating the incident.

The person responsible for the bomb threat also could face felony charges, police said.

 

19 comments

  • student

    If you’re not at the school then you should not speak on it. Don’t worry about BHS students we have our own. For you to comment like you are over things that you’re not involved in shows real immaturity.
    -SR. @ BHS

  • student

    If you continue then that’s on you idc what you have to say, but just know the students know what went down while you are all on the outside looking in. We continue to do us through this adversity even though a loved one, a fellow student, and a child made a mistake we forgive b/c that’s what it is to be a BHS student.
    -SR. @ BHS a.k.a. King Tyler.

  • Jodi

    People who write on walls and threatening other people lives can’t be tolerated. We have no idea if this person is crazy and really going to do exactly what he/she said they were going to do. So in the eyes of the law and for the sake of my child and every other child that possible could be harmed this is a felon She was threating many people’s lives whether she/he meant it or not and that my friend is not tolerated any where.

  • BHSstudent

    Right of free expression is very much legal and is exercised often. On the other hand, terroristic threatening is illegal. I’m not quite sure how you mix those up. So by your theory, someone can bring a gun to a school, unloaded, and threaten to kill people with no repercussions? It’s just a piece of metal. No more potential to cause harm than your daily school supplies, right? Your points are illogical. We are no longer Neanderthals and that is why laws have been created to keep us from being savages. Please look up the definition of danger. It is the possibility of harm or injury. The POSSIBILITY. If you do not have the mentality to know not to threaten lives, then who is to say this girl would not be able to access a weapon and use it? Sadly, your thought of self-government in our society is very unrealistic.

  • rae

    When I went to Bhs we had these threats just about every Friday during my freshman year. On the note of her being bullied and that being her call for help… I personally have seen how bentonville schools handle bullying and I know for a fact they don’t do shit about it. If no one will help you from being bullied by everyone’s oh so lovely child, then hey you have to get someone to know you’re fed up. I do not know her story but I do know Bentonville needs to step up and defend these kids being put through hell.
    Former BHS student.

  • me

    I’ve known Samantha and her family for years. She is truly a sweetheart. There is no way She would do anything violent.

    • Julie Johnson

      Apparently you didn’t read the article because it says SHE CONFESSED to writing the threat. I’ve known her as well and she needs a reality check. I can’t say this is the way anybody should have to learn a lesson but she did something that could have very well happened and hurt a lot of students. Her threat was childish and stupid. I hope she learns a thing or two in the slammer.

  • Shirin

    My daughter is a student at BHS, so I feel I have a right to comment on this matter, even though neither I nor my daughter know Samantha Overstreet personally.

    I don’t think it is appropriate to charge this student AS AN ADULT!! for writing on the school bathroom wall, even given that the threat was to shoot up the school. Not only was there obviously no intent/ability for her to do so, and no disruption to classes, but the kid was OBVIOUSLY INTERVIEWED WITHOUT MIRANDA WARNINGS, (which is the usual practice when school children are interviewed for potentially criminal behavior), as witness her immediate confession. Had she been 16 (my daughter’s age), she would have (at worst) gone to juvie, paid a fine, been given a ton of hours of community service, and quite possibly been suspended for her stupid and inappropriate behavior which would result in her not graduating with her class. Because she was 18, although she was CLEARLY not given the Miranda warnings against self-incrimination to which adults are entitled, she is looking at a Class D Felony and potentially 6 years in jail.

    This is unfair. It is also counterproductive. All BHS parents have been asked to impress upon their kids the evils of making threats, and I have done so, even though my 16 year old is a good child who stays out of trouble, thinks Samantha must be “really dumb”, and is mad at her, because now if you need to go to the bathroom at BHS you have to have a teacher accompany you, and check the bathroom walls after you are done.. However, I spent a LOT more time explaining to my daughter that her principal, her guidance counselor, her teachers and her local school cops are NOT her friends. I told her, “do not ever, under any circumstances at all, admit guilt if you are asked point blank, “did you do ‘x?'” Especially, don’t say anything if you did do it, but it was just a joke, and you don’t think it was very serious. Don’t lie, but do refuse to answer any questions until we have been called, and a lawyer representing you is present at the interview.”

    Is this really the takehome message that BHS wishes to deliver?

    I think it would be more useful to use a peer jury method for disciplining these young fools, such as is used by New Trier Township http://www.newtriertownship.com Believe me, high school kids would be much harder on these miscreants than we adults would be, but it would save the stupid idiots from being convicted of a juvenile or adult criminal offense. .

  • Anon

    No, you ignorant drama queen. She wasn’t charged with “writing on a bathroom wall” she was charged with threatening to shoot up a school. Does it matter if the threat was conveyed by writing or words or in electronic form? Further, you obtuse keyboard jockey, this offense is not punishable by “decades in prison” but rather a MAXIMUM of 6 years.

    I usually charge people for lessons, but yiur case of ignorance is so severe I’m willing to work pro-bono. Good luck.

  • joesumone

    Reblogged this on http://www.itrollnewssitesformydumbblognoonereads.com

    Yeah, I looked at your blog site. It’s content is mostly reblogged news articles and conspiracy theorist ideas. One hint to make it a true blog, under your “My Two Cents” heading, put the most recent rant subject as the first to read. Having to go through all of your numbing rants to get to the most recent gave me a headache as big as Obama’s ego.

  • concerned citizen

    Thank you for saying that. I looked at his website once and dismissed it as another wacko site that steals other peoples copyrighted creations and re-publishes them.

    Love the name of your “website”.

  • aurorawatcherak

    Wow, such a grown up response! Thank you for that lesson in how ignorant statists behave … anonymously, no less.

    She wrote on a bathroom wall. She shouldn’t have written what she wrote, but she didn’t have the means to shoot up the school and it’s a bathroom wall … you know, where guys write things like “I f–ked the c–t out of Anon” and then never do anything of the kind.

    The United States has become a police state where the Anchorage police department shot to death six motorists in 2013 for such amazingly frightening crimes as failure to immediately pull over when hailed. In Austin Texas, a jogger was recently charged with felony resisting arrest because she failed to stop when a cop wanted to cite her for jay-walking (she had earbuds in and didn’t hear him). Not surprising, the US has the largest prison population in the world. We lock people up for years for relatively minor offenses. When these people get out of jail, their lives are ruined. They don’t pick up the pieces because you can’t pick up the pieces with a felony anymore. You can’t get a job and often you can’t rent a place, get public assistance or qualify for student loans so you can get an education. And if you do get the education, you still can’t get a job for no other reason than that you’re a felon and almost any job that takes federal funds can no longer hire you.

    But, hey, overreacting statist thugs like you know better than the rest of us how to keep us safe. Joggers who cross against the light when there’s no traffic and people who write on bathroom walls can’t be tolerated.

  • BHSstudent

    I agree with what you are saying about her intentions not as serious as made out to be, but I hope you understand children’s lives are at stake. A school shooting, regardless if it was just a threat, should never be taken lightly. I do understand that she will be struggling more in life with a felony on her record now, but she made a choice to threaten lives and she has to live with the consequences. If she were to walk away with no penalty, there would be nothing to stop others from furthering this string of threats circulating in our school. I can speak from personal experience during the bomb threat on Tuesday and say that it was very frightening thinking about if a bomb/shooting were to happen, how incredible tragic and devastating that would be to lose any of my friends or peers. I hope this can put in perspective how serious something like this is.

  • aurorawatcherak

    A school shooting is a serious thing, but locking up our young people and permanently labeling them as untouchables is not going to fix the problem. That sort of “get tough on crime” zero-tolerance idea has led to the police state we currently live under. It’s using a sledge hammer to remove a splinter.

    The serious issue here is not what the girl did. It’s that a country based on the idea of liberty routinely locks up its citizens — the younger the better — for what they “might have done” rather than dealing with what is driving the rage not just of this girl, but of society in general.

    If you want to put something into perspective, think long and hard about what the consequences are for a society when you can’t express anger, outrage or even disagreement without being labeled “mentally ill” or “dangerous” and when there is absolutely no limits on what government can do to you if you don’t comply with their edicts. If you want to know what drives the rage in society, you need look no further than the loss of liberty that this case brightly highlights. Look this girl up in six years and see if she’s any less angry after her time in jail.

  • BHSstudent

    Your lack of empathy toward child casualties is incredible. Something tells me you might have faced a felony in your lifetime based on your biased responses. Anger, outrage and disagreement should NEVER be expressed through threatening lives. You are so ignorant about how our country retains it’s control through prosecution of crime. I would be very interested to hear your ideas about unlawful acts and how they can be handled. Do you honestly believe that putting a child’s life in danger is punishable by a slap on the wrist? You have a very prehistoric mindset about law.

  • aurorawatcherak

    I’m not antipathetic at all. I referenced the Minority Report in my first post. That’s the idea that you are guilty of a crime before you have actually committed a crime, just because you thought about committing it.

    No children’s lives were actually placed in danger. The girl we’re discussing was not, according to the police report, involved in the bomb threat. Writing on a wall does not endanger anyone directly. It’s an outlet for frustration. It might be a bad idea, but according to the Constitution, right of free expression is allowed in this country — though it’s obviously an endangered species.

    I have no criminal record, but I do know people who have felonies on their records, so yes, I am sympathetic to the cause of charge inflation and draconian sentences. What is an unlawful act? An act that actually hurts someone or is it simply something a lawymaker decided should be illegal? I reject the latter while fully embracing the former.

    It might surprise you to realize that the average American adult commits some offense every day that could be inflated into a felony. Here in Alaska you can be charged with a felony in federal court for taking the wrong hiking trail without the correct permits. In Austin Texas not long ago, a jogger was charged with felony resisting arrest because she did not immediately stop when hailed by a cop. Do either of these unlawful acts harm anyone directly?

    And, if my view of the law is prehistoric, I stand proudly with some greats — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry. It’s called liberty. You should try studying it. It’s the idea that we all own ourselves and are capable of self-government, that we don’t generally need to be controlled by outside forces. The government that governs least governs best. This country was never meant to be a police state. In fact, it was created as a reaction against a far less tyrannical government than the one that currently controls this country.

    Liberty should never go out of style.

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