arrest for school threats

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:59 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Threats to commit a school shooting even if they're not serious can result in being arrested and possibly kicked out of school.

That's what a 16-year old Michigan City High School student who apparently didn't mean what he posted on social media is finding out.

The boy was being held Wednesday in the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center on level 6 felony intimidation.

''Given today's climate throughout the nation we as law enforcement take these threats very seriously,'' said Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek.

According to police, the boy threatened on social media that a shooting would take place at the high school Tuesday.

The posts included a picture of a gun.

Swistek said alarmed parents and students began contacting police Monday night and within four hours the boy was located and taken into custody.

He said the boy in the presence of his father offered what seemed like a very sincere apology.

''In my professional opinion he didn't want to do harm to anyone,'' Swistek said.

According police, the posts sprung from emotions during an argument the boy was having with a classmate.

''Everybody communicates with social media nowadays and when this information is out there we appreciate when the community shares it with us and allows us the opportunity to investigate these matters,'' Swistek said.

Betsy Kohn, a spokesperson for the Michigan City School Corporation, said the posts were not made at school.

Regardless, Kohn said the boy is facing disciplinary action that could include expulsion under rules governing student conduct given the nature of the posts.