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.

 

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