The Pulaski County Special School District announced on Facebook that it has closed the main campus of Sylvan Hills High School today in response to “a viable threat that specifically identified staff at the school.” The district said it is working with local law enforcement, the State Police and the FBI.
The Sherwood Police have declined to provide information, saying there is no incident report and that the public must contact the school district. School Principal Tracy Allen was out and unavailable to provide more information and the district’s communication officer was also out. Will update when more information is available.
UPDATE: The person making the threat said that cafeteria workers would be shot, district communications director Jessica Duff has told the Times.
Duff said police alerted the district to the threat about 3 a.m. after a monitoring system picked it up. The principal alerted the district to the threat at 6:30 a.m. and the decision was made that “because of the specific nature of the threat” that the school should be closed. Duff said the person making the threat has not been identified.
The district will make a decision later today or tomorrow depending on advice from investigators and will inform students and staff.
Sylvan Hills High School has 1,000 students in grades 10-12.
UPDATE II: The PCSSD closed Sylvan Hills High School Thursday. On social media, the district said, “In our continued cooperation with law enforcement, we will have another AMI day tomorrow – Thursday, February 13 – as we continue narrow the investigation. Safety and security for our students and staff will be always a top concern.”