Marion County, Ark. authorities investigating 911 call about school shooting as prank

Published: Mar. 14, 2018 at 12:12 PM CDT
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Marion County, Ark. authorities say they are investigating a school threat as a 911 prank.

Police arrested a student, 13, outside Flippin High School where the call originated.

Investigators say the Marion County 911 received a call Tuesday afternoon at 3:12 stating an unknown man armed with a shotgun was en route to Mountain Home Schools to 'shoot it up.' Marion County 911 operators tracked the call with new 911 call-taking equipment to 30-feet from Flippin High School. Police then found the boy who admitted to the 911 call.

During the course of the investigation, the juvenile informed officers the call was a hoax and he was simply trying to play a prank. The juvenile was ultimately charged with communicating a false alarm. At this time, there is no known threat to any of our local schools.

The new 911 system is designed to aid 911 operators in finding the location of callers via a mapping system embedded in the system. The map identified the location of the suspect within 30 feet of his actual location.

The Flippin Police Department was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Home Police Department.

On February 28, 2018, Marion County Arkansas went live with a new 911 call taking system from Solacom Technologies. The system is Next Generation 911 equipped and will be able to receive Text to 911 messages. Although Marion County and Baxter County are sharing equipment to help conserve 911 funding, each county’s 911 operations are independent. Due to the shortage of monies for 911 across the State Marion and Baxter County realized a “regional” approach would be best for both jurisdictions. This new technology helped aide in the expedient response to this 911 call.

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