Central Indiana schools implement extra security after online threat

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(February 1, 2016) –Several school districts across central Indiana are implementing extra security measures after an online threat was made over the weekend.

MSD of Martinsville issued an alert Sunday warning parents that it may take longer to drop off and pick up students due to heightened security.

Avon Police Department also issued a statement last night, saying they are aware of the threat and school safety continues to be a top priority.

On Monday afternoon, an automated voice message was sent to all Warren Township parents by Superintendent Dena Cushenberry.  The following message was issued to assure parents that the school district has implemented extra security measures as a result of the threat.

Hello Warren Township families,

Because safety is our top priority, we wanted you to be aware that Warren Central High School was on a list of approximately 16 high schools targeted in an online post.

We are working with the FBI, Homeland Security, IMPD, and our local police on this matter.

We continue to operate with heightened awareness and have implemented our safety and security plan.

School will continue as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you accordingly.

Cathedral High School Principal Dave Worland sent the following email to parents Monday afternoon:

We have been made aware of what the authorities believe is a non-credible threat on social media that mentioned our school that was posted last night and then removed. The threat included ten other schools across Indiana.

We have notified local law enforcement and turned over all information on the matter. The schools will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in their investigation of this incident. Additional campus security measures are in place as a precaution. In the meantime, we ask our parents and students to not discuss this on any social media sites since this could lead to more attention directed at the school.

We want to make all students aware that remarks that threaten to harm others are not a joke, are not funny, and should always be taken very seriously. We ask that parents please talk to their students about the importance of reporting any threatening or disturbing behavior or comments either to school administration, a teacher, a counselor, or to law enforcement.

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