Juvenile arrested over alleged threat

Friday, March 9, 2018

A male juvenile was taken into custody last week after an investigation into an alleged threat at Eureka Springs Middle School.

Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the juvenile was arrested after a CCSO investigation. The investigation began after the middle school requested an officer to report a threat made over Facebook on Friday, Feb. 23, according to the Eureka Springs Police Department.

“We conducted our investigation, and as a result of that investigation obtained a warrant for the juvenile,” Frye said.

Frye added that the juvenile appeared before Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson and was released on house arrest.

Eureka Springs Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said earlier that the school contacted the Eureka Springs Police Department after one student threatened another on social media. The threat was not against the school itself, Pruitt said.

“This was not a threat directed toward the school, but we still wanted to do an investigation,” Pruitt said. “We include the police on that, because it was a threat from one person to another. In this day and age, you can’t ever leave any loose ends.”

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