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PCSP: Case against student who made threat forwarded to Juvenile Probation

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A 16-year-old 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 review.

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.

Sunday’s threat 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.


Posted 3.6.2018




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