BV student in custody over threats

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Berryville Middle School student was taken into custody on Thursday for making threats.

Superintendent Owen Powell confirmed that a middle school student had made threats on social media on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and was taken into custody on Thursday so local law enforcement could investigate the incident.

In an announcement on the Berryville School District page on Facebook, Powell said Berryville students and staff were not in danger at any time while the situation was being addressed.

“When school officials were made aware of the situation,” he said, “the student was taken into juvenile custody. At no time were the students or staff in harm’s way.”

Powell said the student was not in possession of any weapons.

“The safety of our students and staff is a number one priority each day,” he said in the announcement. “We ask that everyone be diligent in observing conversations among our students and make school officials aware of any possible threats.”

Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said the student is still being held and will go before a judge this week.

“It will be the judge’s decision whether the student is to be released or goes on to court proceedings,” he said. “The student could be charged with threatening.”

Bartos said the student had posted threatening messages on social media, such as saying he was “arrested for wanting to shoot up [his] school” and claiming he was “gonna slaughter y’all like pigs.”

“We don’t know the student’s intent, but it seemed to be about causing fear,” Bartos said. “Was he going to do something? Probably not. But we have to take these threats seriously, especially when they are on social media and cause a panic in the community.”

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  • This is where you start setting examples with kids and young adults to show that there is recourse for their actions. Expulsion and maybe time in at least the local jail would not be out of order. If the parents can't control them then the law needs to step in. Just look what happened in Florida with the 18 year old "Kid" that no one took action with beforehand.

    I understand that you can't police every square foot of our schools. But, when these instances pop up on social media or even in conversation you need to speak up and you need to listen and take heed and take some kind of action. My son is in college and I think about this all the time with a big open campus like our colleges have. this happened here in our hometown at the middle school, our little ones!! I hope Judge Jackson takes this opportunity to set an example for out town, county, and state.

    -- Posted by wanderer98us on Tue, Feb 20, 2018, at 5:56 PM
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