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Police: 2 more school threats reported, including 1 in which Little Rock teen threatened 'a holocaust'

By Rachel Herzog , Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published February 21, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. Updated February 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Two more school threats have been reported in Arkansas, including one in which a 14-year-old Little Rock student said he would turn his campus into “a holocaust,” according to police.

Around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, a resource officer was informed of a student making threats to shoot up Forest Heights STEM Academy, according to a Little Rock Police Department report.

The teenager was then removed from class and taken to the principal’s office while officials contacted his father, according to police.

Authorities said the student faces a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor, and was issued a citation before being released to his parents.

A witness told authorities that the 14-year-old reportedly had plans of “turning [the school] into a holocaust” and had referred to killing “all races.”

According to the report, another witness said that while the teen had played around in the past, “she felt as though this time he wasn’t joking.”

The teen’s father said his son had recently broken up with a girlfriend and was “feeling down.” He added that weapons were kept locked in a safe inside the home, the report states.

On Wednesday, North Little Rock reported its third school threat in the last week, authorities said.

Officers responded to Calvary Academy*, a private school located at at First Pentecostal Church, 1401 Calvary Road, shortly before 8 a.m., according to a report from the city's Police Department. The school's principal told officers that he received a text from a student Tuesday evening about a message from a different student that mentioned shooting and "unloading an entire magazine on students in the school," the report states.

That 15-year-old student was interviewed by investigators and released with a juvenile citation after no weapons were found in his backpack, police said.

A 17-year-old student was arrested Monday after a threat to North Little Rock schools was posted on Snapchat, police said, and a Facebook message targeting North Little Rock High School as well as "the president" that the district received Friday is still under investigation.

In other parts of the state, two students were arrested Monday after making threats online to cause violence.

Their arrests were two of more than 10 recorded statewide in the week after a shooting at a Florida school left 17 people dead.

CORRECTION: Because of incorrect information in a police report, Calvary Academy was misidentified in an earlier version of this story.

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susanc52 says... February 21, 2018 at 7:23 p.m.

Here are perfect examples of why the Mental Health laws in this country are so bad. While these kids are emotionally distressed over a break up or bullying or some other teenage angst, we are focusing on the external symptom and not the root problem. These kids should be placed in a court ordered correctional hospital where they receive immediate professional medical and mental help for a period of time specific to the crime they were proposing to do. This takes them out of the school and away from whatever torture is causing them to act out. This does two things, we truly take action to solve their problem while keeping the public, specifically the children at the schools, in a much safer and secure environment. It is also my personal opinion that these students that make threats have got to start learning that there are consequences for their actions and sometimes it is more than just a stern talking to or "time out". It might not be a bad idea to also make the parents of juvenile children legally liable for their children's threats on society. Maybe then parents who have out of control kids will seek the help they need to help their kids. It's just a thought.

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