FBI, local police hosting special forum for Plainfield parents due to continuing cyber threats

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Plainfield, Ind. (January 19, 2016) -  Parents are getting a chance to speak directly to investigators involved in the Plainfield cyber threats case Tuesday night.  A special forum is scheduled to allow for open communication between the FBI, Indiana State Police, local police and concerned families.

The violent online threats began in December and continued into this week. In some cases, the individual behind the posts threatened specific students at Plainfield High School. The person behind those posts also targeted local businesses, which led to an evacuation.

"We need to hear something from somebody that knows what’s happening, that’s all we want," said Scott Chittenden, who is a Plainfield High School parent.

The fact that the individual behind the cyber threats is still active online has some parents on edge. One mother spoke at last week's Plainfield School Board meeting and said she decided to home school her child because of the ongoing case.

Earlier this month, federal agents and local authorities served search warrants at a least two locations. They did not reveal what evidence was uncovered and no arrests were made.

" The Plainfield Police Department and the school corporation are working together to do the best we can to create a safe learning environment for the students," said Capt. Jill Lees from the police department.

The forum is set to start at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield High School auditorium.

"The forum was a collaboration of all the agencies involved in the case and there was a lot of information in the community regarding parents wanting to have this forum," Lees said. "We’re just trying to do the best we can to make sure we have an open line of communication."

There will be a question and answer session for parents but they will have to submit their questions on paper along with their full name.

No press cameras will be allowed inside the forum, according to the Plainfield Police Department.


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