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Sylvan Hills High School to remain closed Thursday due to threat against staff

by Cynthia Howell, Nyssa Kruse | February 12, 2020 at 9:56 p.m.
The classroom building addition to Pulaski County Special School District’s Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood opened to students in 2019.

Sylvan Hills High School in the Pulaski County Special School District was closed Wednesday and will remained closed Thursday because of a “viable” threat against staff members, authorities said.

District spokeswoman Jessica Duff said a threat was posted on Reddit and another website threatening a shooting in the cafeteria targeting specific staff members.

Duff said the threat was considered viable because it detailed the intended location and targets.

The district said that it is working with local and state police and the FBI to investigate the incident.

No arrests were made, though Duff said in a news release that district and law enforcement technology investigators have “narrowed the source of the threat.”

However, a statement issued by the school district at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday said the school will remain closed Thursday, "as we continue [to] narrow the investigation."

The Sherwood campus opted to use alternative-methods-of-instruction day to remotely teach students Wednesday and Thursday.

Bill Sadler, an Arkansas State Police spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that his agency, along with the FBI, was assisting Sherwood police in the investigation.

“We obtained some information independently and we sent it over to the local police,” he said.

Sherwood police and a spokesman for the FBI declined to comment on the investigation.

This story was originally published at 10:30 a.m.

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