Update: Sylvan Hills High School closes school for second day due to threat investigation

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. — Sylvan Hills High School posted on their Facebook tonight they will be closing school tomorrow due to the threat that was made to the school today.

The safety and security for their students and staff will always be their top concern.

SHERWOOD, Ark. – The doors at Sylvan Hills High School are back open after the district told students to stay home Wednesday because of a shooting threat.

It all stemmed from a disturbing post that someone made on a blog.

They didn’t name the school but gave hints to the point investigators narrowed it down to Sylvan Hills. That post threatened a shooting and even told students to stay home if they wanted to be safe.

School staff worked with investigators all day.

The district said it just wasn’t a time to take chances.

“We decided to close the school because of the specificity of the threat. It was specific to the high school campus, it was specific to a certain area in the building, and it was specific to a group of employees,” said Jessica Duff, Executive Director of Communications for PCSSD.

The FBI is calling the threat a good example of “see something, say something.”

Investigators haven’t said if they’ve made an arrest.


SHERWOOD, Ark. – The Pulaski County Special School District has provided an update on a threat that prompted Wednesday morning’s closure of Sylvan Hills High School.

The district issued this statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“Thanks to the PCSSD IT department, Sherwood PD and other law enforcement we significantly narrowed the source of the threat. Due to how the investigation has evolved, we feel it is safe to host the basketball games tonight and school tomorrow. Additional security will be present tonight and tomorrow at school. Anyone attending the game tonight will go through metal detector security, as is part of athletic event policy, and we will have metal detectors at the school tomorrow as well.”


SHERWOOD, Ark.- The Pulaski County Special School District released a statement about closing Sylvan Hills High School:

PCSSD decided to have an AMI day at Sylvan Hills High School on Wednesday, February 12.  The reason for the AMI day was due to a viable threat made against the school, specifically a few staff members at the school. Since the threat was isolated to a specific area in one school, we made the decision to only close the main Sylvan Hills High School campus. 

We are working with local law enforcement in Sherwood, state police and the FBI to resolve this issue quickly.



SHERWOOD, Ark.- Sylvan Hills High School is closed Wednesday.

A parent tells KARK that they were notified via text message around 7:30 this morning.

At this time, the Pulaski County Special School District has not said why the school is closed.

We’ll keep you updated on this developing story.

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