Police: 14-year-old boy brings knife to middle school, threatens ex-girlfriend


by Adam Walser


Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:22 PM

AUSTIN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Police in Austin, Indiana arrested a 14-year-old boy who arrived at Austin Middle School armed with a knife Wednesday morning.

School authorities alerted officers after seeing conversations on Facebook involving a potential threat of violence at the school.

"Maybe he was just there to intimidate the kid, but I can't tell you what the guy's thinking," Austin Police Chief Donald Spicer said.

Spicer says the boy may have been acting out of jealousy, because his 12-year-old girlfriend broke up with him and was seeing someone else.

Police believed he threatened the girl and the boy with possible bodily harm. It was not the first time the boy had been in trouble at school.

"The problem is this student had been expelled from school for other problems and shouldn't have even been there this morning," Spicer said.

The incident upset parents.

"Every parent's gonna be worried about their kids going to school," Austin Resident Jenni Holspopple said.

"You see violence everywhere more now," parent Dana Snowden said. "It's a really small town. You would hope that it wouldn't be here, but you can see it is. It's kind of going on everywhere. It's sad."

Some parents believe kids are learning to use violence in their homes.

"I think the police need to crack down more on their parents," Emmy Lou Hoffmire said. "Austin's not a bad town. It's the people that's in it. "

Police say that luckily students who knew about the threat came forward before anyone got hurt.

They hope the juvenile's arrest will send a message to others.

"Our stance is and the school's stance is we're not gonna tolerate weapons at school. We can't and won't, and we're gonna act on it. If other kids want to follow this path, we'll do the same with them," said Spicer..