Township middle-schooler was transported to hospital for evaluation on
Friday, Sept. 22, after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said he made
comments at school which other students interpreted to be threatening.
police, earlier last week the 15-year-old boy told another student that “if
I had a gun I would shoot you.” Then, on Friday, while at lunch, he told
several other students that he would be at school on Oct. 3 but not Oct. 4,
which they took to mean either that he was threatening suicide or that “he
was going to shoot the school up.”
On Friday afternoon
officers responded to the boy’s home, where he admitted making the gun
threat to the other student earlier in the week but advised “that he did not
mean it in the way that he would act on it.”
The boy also
advised that “he has been bullied by numerous kids at school and was
depressed” and that he had made a list of students who “hurt” him and those
who “help” him as a “way of coping with the bullying,” police said.
The boy’s parents,
meanwhile, confirmed that the reason the boy would not be in school on Oct.
4 is that the family has a vacation planned for that day.
The boy’s parents
agreed to allow officers to transport their son to hospital for evaluation,
“No charges are
being filed by the Sheriff’s Office at this time,” police said. “The East
Porter County School Corporation sent notification about the incident to
parents with children who attend the school. Officers with the Sheriff’s
Office will be providing an extra presence at the school in October.”