An FBI notice about unsubstantiated threats of school shootings in Kentucky and Arkansas has people nervous all over Arkansas.

The Little Rock FBI office sent a notice to Arkansas school districts and they’ve respread the news. From the account by KAIT in Jonesboro of a statement by Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott:


“The Little Rock FBI office received a report indicating a school shooting would occur in Kentucky on August 28, 2019 and in Arkansas on August 29, 2019. The reporting party lives in another country, and his/her identity could not be confirmed. The reporting party allegedly receive the information while playing an online video game. Attempts to ascertain the identity of the person who made the comment on his/her location were unsuccessful,” Elliott said. “This information has been provided for general awareness.”

The notice has been widely circulated on social media. 40/29 reports that the talk prompted this statement from the State Police:

The Arkansas State Police has been in close contact in recent days with the Federal Bureau of Investigation attempting to identify the source of an alleged threat of gun violence at an undisclosed Arkansas school reportedly planned for later this week.


At this time no corroborating evidence or useful details have been uncovered in regard to the information provided to the FBI.


In the event more specific or credible information is received; it will be shared with local law enforcement offices, state and local school officials, as well as Arkansas citizens.”

The FBI also sent a further note about an “unspecified, non-credible” threat against Arkansas schools. It said it shared the information because it takes all such reports seriously.


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