The Porter County
Sheriff’s Office has been involved in and investigated two separate
incidents regarding possible threats made to Portage High School.
It has been
determined that the initial incident, which involved comments on social
media, poses no credible threat to Portage Township Schools.
incident, which began over a month ago, involved vague comments from a
student on social media referencing a countdown to December 7th, 2018. After
a thorough investigation by School Resource Officer (SRO) for Portage
Township Schools Michael Steege, it was determined there was no credible
threat made by the individual to the school or any one at the school. The
alleged countdown was related to an event occurring in the student’s life
outside of school.
Since the student
had posted the comment to social media, rumors began to surface and the
incident was made into something larger than it was.
SRO Steege, through
a “very thorough” investigation, eliminated all possibility of a viable
threat or threatening actions, Porter County Police said in a press
Schools dealt with the incident and the individual accordingly. No charges
were filed because no criminal act occurred.
Last night, Dec. 6,
the Porter County Sheriff’s Office investigated a separate incident
involving a different student, in an unincorporated area of Porter County.
Investigating were Lt. Matt Edwards and Officer Derek Cadwell, with the help
of SRO Steege.
That student, a
male, made an actual threat on social media directed towards a female
student and the school. The officers responded to the student’s house where
the juvenile admitted to making the post, but stated “it was just a joke.”
The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to Juvenile Detention on
a felony intimidation charge.
“All threats, to
any of our schools, are taken very seriously and are no joking matter,”
police said. Both incidents were handled quickly, appropriately, and as any
other threat would be handled by both law enforcement and the Portage
Township Schools, police said.
“We do not take any
threats made to the safety of our students, the staff or our community
lightly,” said Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds.