BAXTER CO MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREATENING FACEBOOK POSTS CONCERNING NORFORK SCHOOLS
Evan Michael Thompson
A Baxter County man, 19 year old EVAN MICHAEL THOMPSON, was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies this afternoon, September 22nd, after he posted alarming statements on Facebook concerning the Norfork Public Schools.
It was called to the attention of the School Resource Officer at the Norfork Schools this afternoon that EVAN THOMPSON had posted some comments on social media saying things such as the Norfork School needs a Columbine and posting an image relating to the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999. Comments such as these create significant public alarm and caused the Sheriff’s Office to take swift action. After conferring with the Prosecuting Attorney, it was decided to attempt to locate EVAN THOMPSON for the purpose of placing him under arrest for the felony crime of Terroristic Threatening.
EVAN THOMPSON was located at his home this afternoon and taken into custody. He has been transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he has been booked at 3:37 PM on a felony charge of Terroristic Threatening. THOMPSON has a bond of $25,000 on this charge, and if he is able to make that bond prior to a First Appearance in Circuit Court next week, then he will be required to wear an ankle monitor to track his movements.
The safety of children and others in the public school systems in Baxter County is of paramount importance. The Sheriff’s Office takes these kinds of threats very seriously and will respond to them in an appropriate manner.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff