Benton Schools Cancel Activities Due To Threat
The Benton Community School District has canceled all school activities through Sunday as it continues to investigate what it describes as a threat of violence.
School officials say that an unidentified male student made the threat that an act of violence would take place on Friday at one of the schools. School officials went ahead with a planned early out on Thursday, determining there was no threat. Law enforcement officials say that they received a tip from the FBI on the threat of violence. Authorities believe that the threat was directed towards the Middle/High School in Van Horne.
In a post on the district's Facebook page, officials say they are working with the FBI and local law enforcement to keep students and staff members safe. Meanwhile, all school activities have been canceled through Sunday.
The district is not revealing how the threat was made. The threat came the same day that a school shooting in California killed two students and wounded three more.