Sellersburg Police arrest teen for making threat against Silver Creek Middle School
A teen is in jail after police say he made a threat to Silver Creek Middle School. Police say the teen admitted he was behind the threat and did it as a joke. The 14-year-old is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clark County.
SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- A teen is in jail after police say he made a threat to Silver Creek Middle School. Police say the teen admitted he was behind the threat and did it as a joke. The 14-year-old is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clark County.
"He said he thought it'd be funny and it was a joke," said Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan. "I'm sure that he doesn't think it's funny now."
It was a scary threat that Sellersburg police took seriously. "I'm coming for you Silver Creek, I can't wait, I'm tired of your ****," Whelan said of the threat. "It had some pictures of guns and bullets and things of that nature."
Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan says the suspect used a picture and name of a classmate at Silver Creek Middle School to throw everyone off. Officers worked quickly to track down the actual 14-year-old boy who made the post. "He came clean and said, you know, I did it," said Whelan.
It has been a frightening week, with some JCPS schools on heightened alert Thursday after threatening clown posts which turned out to be a hoax. Several southern Indiana schools were on alert too, partly because of the post threatening Silver Creek.
Now that a teen is in jail, police hope it sends a clear message. "You're gonna go to jail. We're going to catch you, you're gonna go to jail, and there's going to be some severe and harsh punishment to go with this," said Whelan.
The teen's name isn't being released since he's underage. He is charged with intimidation and identity theft and deception, for using the other kid's name on the posts.
Police do not believe he is linked to any of the other social media threats. "Hopefully he gets to watch TV tonight, and see that he got locked up, and so can everyone else. That's the ultimate goal is to hold someone accountable and get them locked up for that," said Whelan.
Sellersburg police are still investigating to see if any other teens were involved.
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