Police investigate threat against Sheridan High School

Staff Writer

Wednesday evening, officers with the Sheridan Police Department received reports from concerned parents about social media posts indicating a threat at "SHS." The officers then contacted the Saline County Sheriff's Office to assist with the investigation.
"Because many school-aged students who live in the eastern part of Saline County attend schools in the Sheridan District, it was important to work this investigation in a collaborative manner," said Lt. Jeff Silk, spokesperson for the SCSO.

Detectives, deputies, officers and juvenile service employees followed up leads throughout the evening and well into the early morning hours, as well as keeping school and public officials advised of the situation.

"There is evidence that the original social media post that started this incident was hoaxed, but the Sheridan Police Department, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and Sheridan School District officials have taken appropriate security measures and there is a police presence at area schools," Silk said. "It does not appear that this hoax originated from anyone in Saline County, Grant County or even Arkansas. It is believed that this post was shared, and then shared several more times, but originated from a state several hundred miles away from Arkansas."

Law enforcement has been contacted the law enforcement agency where officers believe the threat began.
"Sheridan Police Chief Adams and Saline County Sheriff Wright would like to thank all of the parents who contacted law enforcement yesterday. It is exceedingly important to adhere to: See something, say something! Both law enforcement agencies immediately responded and dedicated a large amount of manpower to follow-up all leads to this potential threat," Silk added.

Even though there is a police presence at the Sheridan School District "it has been determined that there was no criminal intent by anyone in our area to cause harm at the school," Silk said.