SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Don Tyson School of Innovation student was quickly taken into custody by the Springdale Police Department at 11:00 a.m Thursday (August 29) morning after administrators were informed the student had a BB gun on campus.
The appropriate parties were quickly notified and the BB gun was confiscated immediately.
In a statement released by the Springdale School District, they would like to thank the police department and staff for handling the situation quickly to prioritize student safety.
In the statement, they also thanked the individual who brought the information to the administration's attention using their guiding principle of "If you see something, say something."
According to the Springdale Police Department, the student, a 14-year-old male, was arrested and transported to the Springdale Police Department for processing before being transferred to the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center for holding.
At this time it is not known if the student will be facing any charges.
Over the weekend rumors of a school shooting happening in the state circulated on social media after the Little Rock Field Office of the FBI released information about an unspecified, non- credible, threat made against Arkansas schools.
The Springdale Police Department posted the following statement on their Facebook page concerning the situation:
"At approximately 11 am, Springdale Police received a phone call into our dispatch center reporting that a student might be possession of a gun at Don Tyson School of Innovation. Our emergency dispatchers immediately notified the School Resource Officer assigned to Don Tyson School of Innovation and with the assistance of the school administrators they were able to locate the student. A search of the student was conducted and a BB pistol that looked very realistic to a real gun was located in the students backpack. The student, who is a 14 year old male, was arrested and transported to the Springdale Police Department for processing before being transferred to Washington County Juvenile Detention Center for holding. The Springdale Police Department and the Springdale School District takes student safety very seriously. Thank you to the citizen that made the decision to call the police immediately. Remember if you see something, say something."