BPD investigates threat to school made on social media

Friday, January 17, 2020

Blytheville police are investigating an apparent threat made Thursday on social media.

According to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson, on Thursday, the Blytheville Police Department received information of a social media post making threats to local public schools.

"Blytheville PD School Resource Officer Nelson, along with school officials, identified a student possibly involved with the post," Chief Thompson wrote in a press release Friday. "The student and his parents were fully cooperative with authorities. The social media account is fictitious and has also made other offensive / obscene random posts lately. Blytheville PD School Resource Officer Nelson is assigned to the school system and is on the Middle and High School campuses daily. He has full arrest, use of force and investigative authority as any other police officer has. The school has armed security personnel at different schools that work closely with Officer Nelson. School officials and the Blytheville Police Department take any threat against a school seriously. We encourage parents to monitor their child’s on-line activity. Social Media outlets also take these posts seriously and cooperate fully with Law Enforcement and School Officials to identify the origins of threatening posts."