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PCSP: Portage boy sent text threats, is detained

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A 15-year-old Portage boy was detained last week at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) after he admitted texting threats to another boy, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to Chief Deputy Jeff Biggs, at 11:33 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, officers were dispatched to a residence on Oxbow Road after a 14-year-old boy reported receiving text messages “which contained threats to his family, home, and school (Portage High School).”

In the course of their investigation, the officers developed information leading them to a residence on Monument Road in Portage, where they subsequently located and identified several juveniles. One of them, a 15-year-old boy, “admitted to the threats, stating he intended them to be a joke,” Biggs said.

The boy was transported to JDC on a delinquency charge of intimidation, and the Portage Police Department notified of the threats, Biggs said.

“After learning of the threats, I contacted Portage Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alaniz to inform her of the situation and the actions taken by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department,” Biggs said. “We decided to increase the number of officers present for the next school day to provide extra security, and the Porter County Sheriff’s Office arranged to have five additional officers to cover the (Portage Township Schools) elementary schools.”

“The Porter County Sheriff’s Department would like to commend the Sheriff’s deputies who took quick action to resolve the issue prior to the start of school on Monday, so that our students could experience a calm, safe, and uninterrupted educational environment at Portage Township Schools,” Biggs said.

Portage Township Schools, in its own statement on Tuesday, said that the 15-year-old boy will face additional disciplinary action through the district.

The statement added, “Portage Township Schools would like to commend the Porter County Sheriff’s Department for addressing the situation, eliminating the possibility of a threat to our schools, and keeping up and the Portage Police Department informed of the situation. Deputies from the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Portage Police Department were stationed at schools throughout our district, and we thank them for providing additional security for our students. These collaborative efforts allowed our schools to conduct business as usual in a safe environment where learning should take place.”




Posted 8/29/2018




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