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2 arrested after threat made against Madison, Indiana schools

Police said a 15-year-old from Austin, Indiana was responsible for the call which prompted a district-wide "lockout."
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MADISON COUNTY, INDIANA, Ind. — Two people are in custody after police say they made threats against a southern Indiana school district Tuesday morning.

District officials said Madison Consolidated Schools was under a "lockout" after a threatening call was made to Madison Junior High School. 

Madison Consolidated High School was also placed under a lockout due to the proximity of the two schools.

By 9 a.m., law enforcement had cleared both schools and determined there was no "immediate internal threat" in either building. 

Out of caution, all the district's schools were placed on lockout which prevented anyone from entering or exiting the building without being escorted by law enforcement.

Authorities were able to quickly identify a suspect, according to Madison City Police Chief John Wallace.

Police said a 15-year-old from Austin, Indiana was responsible for the call. Charges are pending against the teen and a second individual, who was not identified by police.

"Our children need to feel safe while at school and we will do everything we can to assist whenever we are needed," Wallace said.

MCS Superintendant Dr. Teresa Brown thanked law enforcement for their quick response and the school's SRO Officer Jacob McVey.

"These situations are not taken lightly and we do not consider them a joke," Brown said.

The district said schools will resume on a normal schedule on Wednesday, March 8.

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