Harrisburg student arrested after threat

Friday, March 1, 2013

An 18-year-old student was arrested by the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office last week on suspicion of terroristic threatening.

According to Sheriff Larry Mills, the Sheriff's Office received a call from Harrisburg High School requesting an officer around 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. "A school official stated that they had received information that Preston Downs was planning to shoot up the school," Mills said. "Interviews were conducted with potential witnesses, and the matter remains an ongoing investigation by the sheriff's office. Preston was also not in attendance at school on Friday."

Downs was arrested that day and charged with first degree terroristic threatening involving a school. Judge Ron Hunter set his bond at $100,000. Downs is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 28 in Poinsett County Circuit Court.

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