A school threat that turned out to be nothing more than a prank has landed one student in jail.
The threat was written on a restroom wall at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks on Friday. The warning read: "I'm shooting up the school on October 27, make sure to be here." The message ended with a smiley face.
When officials became aware of the threat, they notified law enforcement. Police deemed the message not to be a credible threat. Still, that did not stop some parents from keeping their kids from coming to school on Monday.
A picture of the warning was taken and posted on social media, spreading fear amongst students. On Monday, roughly half the student body stayed home, according to school officials.
"People aren't psychologically safe to attend school and focus on learning when they're afraid something might happen," Bella Vista High School principal Peggy Haskins said.