'Death Threat' List Discovered
A 13-year-old girl is in police custody after a report of death threats at Finley Middle School.
An investigation revealed the teenager had made a 'death list' of about 50 Finley Middle School staff and students which authorities found on the campus yesterday afternoon.
It all started yesterday afternoon when a teacher found the list on a desk in a pile of papers, containing about fifty names on it.
The girl was expelled on an emergency basis and arrested shortly after for making threats.
She is now being held at the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center.
The Sheriff's Office says after they spoke to the girl, they learned this may be a case of the girl having been bullied.
Deputy Chuck Jones says the girl had no intention of carrying through with the threat.
All the people named on the list are being contacted personally by district officials.
Finley schools superintendent lance hahn said there is no current danger to anyone at the middle school.
"That's our job to keep our students safe. That's our number one priority. And so it's very important that it was dealt with quickly and safely. And also our staff... it's important to protect our staff."
Both the sheriff's office and the Finley School District says in light of recent events, they take this kind of situation very seriously and they have a zero tolerance policy to any threat real or implied.
The girl will go before a judge tomorrow morning.
The Benton County Prosecutor's Office says they will be discussing bail, terms of release, and whether the teenager will be assigned an attorney.
School proceeded today as normal without any extra security and will resume as normal again tomorrow.