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PCSP: Boy detained after threatening to shoot up Boone Grove school

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A Boone Grove middle-schooler was being held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary delinquency charge of intimidation after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that he made threats against the school.

According to police, on Wednesday afternoon a PCSP deputy who works at Boone Grove Middle School as a school resource office (SRO) was advised by administrators that a 14-year-old seventh-grader was overheard on the morning bus ride talking about the film The Purge and of “having his own ‘list.”

Later in the day, police said, “he was heard talking to himself during class, stating ‘I hate all you guys, I’m going to bring an AR and shoot the school.’”

Students who heard the comments notified the principal and on being questioned by the principal the boy advised that “other students had been making fun of him and that ‘everyone’ was picking on him,” police said. “He admitted he talked about the movie The Purge but could not provide a reason why other kids would say he was going to ‘shoot the school,’ about having a ‘murder list,’ or that he was going to bring an ‘AR to school.”

No weapons were found in the boy’s possession and the boy’s father confirmed that there are no weapons at their residence and that his son has no access to anything “other than pellet guns that shoot plastic bullets,” police said.

The boy, “with the full support of the father,” was detained at JDC on a preliminary delinquency charge of intimidation, where he will be held “at least until Friday,” police said.

“The Porter Township School district and the Porter County Sheriff’s Office worked immediately to detain this juvenile with the cooperation of his parents,” police said. “As with all incidents, our officers and detectives will continue to investigate threats to our schools and the children’s safety is our priority.”

 

 

Posted 5/24/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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