UPDATE (10/21/2022) (KTVE/KARD) — On Friday, October 21, 2022, officials confirmed that two students were taken into custody for a weapon being on the campus of El Dorado High School. The identities of the students will not be released due to their juvenile status.

Some EHS parents express to KTVE/KARD that they feel comforted knowing the school district’s administration and El Dorado Police Department are doing everything they can to amp up security as they wait for a new weapons detection system to arrive.

“As a parent, it’s very disheartening, and it’s very scary. Also to me, it’s sad for our community just because I love El Dorado, I love our High School. It gives me a little bit of comfort knowing that they have decided to step up the measures before the detection system goes in place.”

Other parents expressed concern about added security encouraging more danger as students waited outside in long drop-off lines just to get inside the high school building Friday morning.

“We are confident that this is a step in the direction of keeping our students and staff safe,” explains El Dorado School District Superintendent Jim Tucker.

To watch a demo video of the OpenGate security system that ESD school district purchased, click here.

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — On Thursday, October 20, 2022, El Dorado High School administration became aware of a potential weapon being on campus. According to authorities, the administration school resource officer initiated an investigation.

El Dorado Police placed a student in custody. As of Friday, October 21, 2022, a metal wand detector will be used and backpacks will be checked until the weapon detection system is in place.