Jeff. High School student charged after alleged school violence threat


by WHAS11

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 10:16 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Jeffersonville High School student has been arrested for making an alleged threat on Facebook about violence at the school set for Dec. 21.

Greater Clark County Schools made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday.

Police said rumors about violence at the school on Dec. 21 started swirling late last week before the mass shooting in Connecticut. Tuesday morning, a school resource officer was made aware of an alleged threatening Facebook post by a 15-year-old student. Police said they identified and isolated the student before school started and he was later arrested.

“Social media is out there, we know that, but our students need to understand the incredible power that social media has and using social media has its consequences,” Superintendent Andrew Melin said.

Police said they did visit the student’s home and came to the conclusion the threat was not credible.

“We found no means that he had available to him to carry out any type of violence at the school,” Detective Todd Hollis said.

School officials and police both said they felt it was serious enough to act.

“The message that was presented through social media was such that in and of itself it created an environment of great concern,” Melin said.

The student is facing two felony charges of intimidation and terroristic deception. Police would not comment on what the student’s motive may have been to make the alleged post.

School officials said parents should feel comfortable sending their kids to school for the remainder of the week before the holiday break.