Porter County Sheriff Investigates False Shooting Threat at School

no direct threats were specifically heard and not believed to have even been made

May 23, 2017-According to a statement from the Porter County Sheriff, School Resource Officer Lt. Jeremy Chavez investigated rumors of a report of a planned attack at Boone Grove High School Yesterday. “Even though no direct threats were specifically heard and not belived to have even been made, we commend the students that came forward and for informing the appropriate authorities of a possible threat” the statement reads.

According to the statement, the investigation began on Monday May 22, 2017 at 5:58pm, when the “Porter County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the parents of a Boone Grove High School student that overheard 3rd party rumors that another student was going to “shoot up” Boone High School tomorrow (5/23/2017). Boone Grove High School SRO (School Resource Officer) Lt. Jeremy Chavez responded immediately to the complainant’s residence to speak with that complainant and the parents. The suspect student who allegedly made the threat was identified and a thorough investigation was conducted. Lt. Chavez spoke with the juvenile suspect and the parents. The juvenile denied making the threats, does not have access to weapons (specifically firearms) and Lt. Chavez determined there is no current threat to the school or students. The parents of the juvenile were very cooperative. The Porter Township School Corporation Superintendent and High School Principal have been made aware and will be notifying parents via their own alert system of these findings. Although these kinds of threats are unfortunately common this time of year with exams and end of school year pranks, they are not taken lightly. The safety of our children and schools is of utmost importance. Even though no direct threats were specifically heard and not belived to have even been made, we commend the students that came forward and for informing the appropriate authorities of a possible threat.”

In an effort to prioritize the safety of the students and the school, SRO’s and Porter County Sheriff’s Officers will be at the High School the remainder of the week according to the statement.

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