The Benton Community School District canceled classes and activities through Sunday as it investigates what it described as a threat yesterday(Thur) of an act of violence for today(Fri).
School officials said an unidentified male made the threat that an act of violence would happen at one of the district schools on Friday. The district determined that there was no threat to students or staff for an early dismissal Thursday.
Law enforcement said they received a tip from the FBI regarding a threat of violence. Authorities believe the threat stemmed from the Middle/High School in Van Horne and was directed at that facility.
In a Facebook post, the district said it is working with the FBI and local law enforcement to protect staff and students. In the meantime, the school canceled all after school activities yesterday(Thur) and today(Fri), as well as all of today’s(Fri) classes. The district did not specify how the threat was made.
The threat came on the same day a school shooting in California killed two students and wounded three others. The suspect in that shooting was also wounded and is in custody.