Chesterton High School student has admitted hacking into another student’s
Facebook account and then posting to that account a threat to “shoot up”
CHS, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.
The boy’s reason
for doing so, police said: to “get (the other student) in trouble.”
The PCSP’s case
against the student--“whose name will not be released as he is a juvenile,”
police said--has been forwarded to the Juvenile Probation Department for
Sgt. Jamie Erow,
PCSP spokesperson, was unable to say what delinquency charges Juvenile
Probation might pursue against the boy.
“That’s up to
Juvenile Probation,” she said.
“The Department of
Child Services has also been involved with the case and is working with the
family,” police noted.
Police said that
the boy was able to hack into the other student’s Facebook account after
previously sharing a cell phone with him.
The threat, made
Sunday evening, prompted a rapid response from both the PCSP and the
Chesterton Police Department, Sheriff Dave Reynolds said. “Although I am not
surprised, I am grateful all agencies were able to work together on this
incident and bring it to a close so quickly. The Chesterton High School SRO
(Sgt.) Chris Swickard, the Duneland School Corporation, and all of our
officers, specifically Sgt. Jim Gaskill, worked together cohesively and
immediately to locate and identify the possible suspect. This was also due
in part to the community and students who saw the post, did the right thing,
and alerted authorities.”
As a matter of
policy, the Duneland School administration does not discuss disciplinary
action against students, Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett told the
Chesterton Tribune today. Nor would Moffett say what the student’s
current status is or whether he has returned to classes.
evidently prompted the parents of many CHS students to keep their children
home on Monday. The average daily attendance rate at CHS: 95 percent.
Monday’s attendance rate: 66 percent.