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Student facing felony charges for threat
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Student facing felony charges for threat

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - A high school locked down after police say a student threatened violence towards other students and staff. Sylvan Hills High School was on lockdown for about an hour and a half on Wednesday. A male student was arrested and is facing charges.

Most students at Sylvan Hills High School went on with their day like nothing happened.

"People were just making fun of the situation," said Stephan Radke.

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The situation 16-year-old Stephan Radke is talking about is a threat he says was posted on Twitter, and he says he found out about it on Twitter.

"I did not actually see the threats I just heard everyone talking about it," said Radke.

Sherwood police are not saying much about what how they found out about it. But in our research, THV 11 was lead to a Twitter account. One tweet posted on May 26th says "Im Gone Kill Everybody At School Friday Handz Down !!" Tweets after that say "Best Bet Is To Stay Home Friday !!" and "Not Sparing No1 Soul Handz Down."

"I think it was more of just a threat," said Radke. "Not really intended for actually taking seriously."

Police searched the building and a message went out to parents. Stephan's mom, Gina Radke, says the communication between parents and the school was good.

"First it was shocking, and it was fearful but shortly after I felt peace," said Radke.

To keep the peace, Deborah Roush with the Public County Special School District says they monitor what students are posting online.

"We receive tips, probably most days, that there is some inappropriate use of social media," said Roush.

Roush says the inappropriate use has become a bigger problem for schools across the United States.

"They will put a lot of information out there that they do not even realize there is someone on the other end seeing and a lot of times that could be dangerous," said Roush.

One mother who did not want to go on camera says the online threats are terrifying. She ended up finding out about the lockdown before she got a call from the school. So she took her daughter out of school early.

"I just hope they keep enough security around here to get us through the last week of school," said a concerned parent.

"Students really need to be careful with social media because it creates a very big disruption and can result in very serious disciplinary issues with the school and even ultimately end up with an arrest," said Roush.

The student is a juvenile. He is charged with making a terrorist threat and possession of a controlled substance. Both are felonies. He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The student was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center in Little Rock.


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