FISHERS, Ind. — A pair of 13-year-old students in Fishers have been arrested for allegedly making seperate threats against the same school.
Fishers police said a 13 year-old girl is facing a charge of felony intimidation for the first threat.
School leaders and Fishers police were notified on Wednesday about a threat made against Riverside Junior High School.
Officers quickly identified the suspect who made the verbal threat, and the teen was arrested for intimidation even though police said no credible threat of violence existed.
Police and prosecutors would not provide specific details about the threats made against this school
On Thursday, Fishers police arrested a 13-year-old male student for allegedly making a bomb threat to the same school. That student is facing a felony charge of false informing.
Fishers police said the threats were made independently of each other, but both attend the same junior high school.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools released the following statement regarding the threats:
All threats of school violence are taken seriously and immediately reported to the Fishers Police Department for investigation. Parents should remind their student(s) that any threat – even if they think it is a joke – will result in consequences. Students will face disciplinary measures as outlined in the Student Handbook. Further, a student’s actions in regard to making a violent threat(s), may result in criminal charges at discretion of local law enforcement.
School safety is all of our responsibility. We will continue to remain diligent in our efforts to keep our students and staff safe while in our care.Hamilton Southeastern Schools
“I think kids are feeling less safe at school than they used to,” said Indy child therapist Jessica Hood.
Just last week, officials said a 15-year-old shot and killed four classmates in a Michigan high school. That was an act of violence that increased awareness about school safety.
Since that time, across central Indiana, Franklin schools, Pike schools, Fayette County school corporation, Bartholomew County school corporation and Mt. Vernon have all investigated recent apparent threats.
Hood believes parents and teachers need to look for warning signs of kids who may be struggling emotionally and talk about their issues before they escalate.
“In any situation where a child is threatening to harm themselves or others, they’re feeling hopeless and helpless, and they don’t feel like they have any other option,” said Hood. “So if you’re worried that somebody might be thinking about hurting themself or somebody else, the best way to know is just ask them.”
For their part, Fishers police wouldn’t talk about the Riverside Junior High School students’ arrest, but said they are planning a virtual town hall next week along with Hamilton Southeastern Schools to discuss the issue of school threats.
Despite the suspect facing a felony charge, both students were released to the custody of their parents.