Township School students were detained on Thursday on a delinquency charge
of possession of a knife on school property, the Porter County Sheriff’s
police, the three--a 13-year-old eighth-grader, a 14-year-old eighth-grader,
and a 15-year-old freshman--were taken into custody after an investigation
determined that each one of them had been in possession of a single knife
and had passed it among each other “in an effort to keep it from being
The knife was
initially brought to school by the 13-year-old, who police said “made others
aware he had it,” then made a “threat if they told on him.”
The knife was then
passed among the 14-year-old and the 15-year-old, the latter of whom “was
untruthful” when questioned by the school resource officer, police said.
“When approached by
the principal and after reviewing video tapes at the school with the SRO,
all subjects involved ultimately admitted to their involvement, knew about
the knife, and admitted to being in possession of it,” police said.
The 13-year-old is
also facing a delinquency charge of intimidation; and the 15-year-old of
All three were
transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The situation was
resolved quickly, most importantly by the student who reported the incident,
as well as by the swift action of the Washington Township School
administration and the SRO working at the school,” police said. “The Porter
County Sheriff’s Office takes all threats to our schools and the safety of
the students seriously. All incidents are handled accordingly. This has been
evident in the last two days with separate incidents at different schools in
the county. We encourage students and parents to continue with if you ‘See
Something, Say Something.’”
On Wednesday, a
17-year-old Boone Grove High School student was detained at the JDC on
multiple delinquency charges after police said that he injured another
student with a knife during an altercation in a restroom.