‘Get ready to go to jail’ Danville police investigate threats that shut down schools

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DANVILLE, Ind. (December 17, 2015) – The Danville Community School Corporation closed Thursday amid new threats directed toward Danville High School.

Danville police first began investigating two threats made on Wednesday. The school corporation says administrators worked with police through Wednesday evening on this investigation and found no “credible evidence” to support the rumor that a student was going to bring a gun to school. The investigation included questioning suspects and a search of all residences of those alleged to be involved.

Danville police confirm that two students were arrested in connection with this investigation. The students are a freshman and a sophomore, and at this time police believe they do not know each other and they didn't make the threats together. Investigators said one student made the threat of bringing a weapon to school, the other made a threat online.

They both face preliminary charges of intimidation.

Early Thursday morning, another threat was made that was directed at both Plainfield High School and Danville High School. Police are actively investigating this threat, and as a result, both Plainfield Community School Corporation schools and Danville Community School Corporation Schools are closed.

Late Thursday afternoon, Plainfield Police held a brief media availability.

“We’ve dealt with Facebook, and Snapchat, and different social media issues in the past with cases but nothing to this affect that’s spread to this type of magnitude,” said Captain Jill Lees, with Plainfield Police.

The threats toward both Plainfield and Danville schools are nothing like investigators have seen before, Lees said.

Someone on Facebook was tagging students, threatening violence, and posting for people to “watch the news.”

Plainfield Police said Thursday night Plainfield High School received an online threat via social media. The initial threat centered around one student but promised a “bloodbath” at the school. The district quickly canceled classes.

That’s when the suspect changed focus, posting threats toward Danville schools. As a result, Danville schools cancelled classes.

“It did cause a lot of nervousness with the parents and the students,” said William Wright, Danville Police Chief.

It’s the second threat for Danville schools in the past day. Authorities arrested two students early Friday morning, according to the chief.

Wright said one student made a threat about bringing a weapon to school, and the other made an online threat. School officials had decided to continue with classes Thursday, even as word of those arrests was beginning to get out.

Meanwhile, investigators in Plainfield are still trying to determine where the postings are coming from.

“We need to make sure that we take them all seriously, because the minute you don’t take a threat seriously, you don’t want something to happen, as well, “Lees said.

Danville Police Chief William Wright directed this statement to the person responsible for the threats: “Get ready to go to jail. We’re just flat out not going to put up with it.”

A spokesperson from the FBI confirms that they have been contacted and they are assisting with the investigation.

All after school activities for Danville Community School Corporation have been cancelled.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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