Social media threat from student prompts extra police presence at North West Hendricks Schools

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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. – Students at North West Hendricks Schools can expect more security than they’re used to after a social media threat from a student.

According to school officials, the students at Tri West High School were specifically targeted. North West Hendricks Schools Superintendent Rusty King said the student won’t return to class and will be recommended for expulsion.

King didn’t reveal specific details about the threat or release the student’s name. He said school would remain in session because he didn’t believe the threat was credible. He sent a voicemail message to parents about the threat.

“I can assure you that the police and law officials have been involved in this situation and I have met with them to get their viewpoints and recommendations,” King said during the message. “Since I believe this is not a credible threat, all schools will be in session at all North West Hendricks Schools on Monday.”

He continued, “However, to put parents and students more at ease, we have asked for additional security from our local police at all of our schools with special emphasis at the high school. As a parent of a high school student, I can assure you if I felt there was a legitimate threat at any of our schools, I would cancel classes.”

King said the district believes criminal charges are justified and will pursue them. Capt. Amanda Goings with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office said the student has not yet been charged. A meeting is set for Monday to discuss the case.

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