Student arrested on intimidation, false reporting charges after threat at Perry Meridian High School
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2016) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police made an arrest in connection with social media threats directed at Perry Meridian High School.
Police received numerous calls from concerned parents regarding messages that threatened violence at the high school. Someone also sent police a screen capture on Twitter. Perry Meridian opened as scheduled Monday despite the threat, and parents received a message from the superintendent Sunday night informing them about the situation.
Homeland Security in Indianapolis was notified of the threat and investigated, seeking help from Twitter to identify the person behind the account. Late Sunday, the suspect was identified and questioned by police. IMPD said the suspect is a juvenile.
On Wednesday, police obtained an arrest warrant for the 15-year-old suspect, who’s charged with intimidation and false reporting. The student is currently being held at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. Police said the student, who’s accused of posting threats on Twitter and Instagram, is the sole suspect.
The case comes at a time of heightened sensitivity to such threats. Police in Plainfield continue to investigate violent social media messages targeting the school.