FROM THE INDIANA STATE POLICE – EVANSVILLE DISTRICT:
In Posey County on Wednesday morning, September 7th, Mt. Vernon Police and Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation after a threatening text message was sent to a Mt. Vernon Senior High School student.
The message was sent through an app that disguises the true sender. The message alleged a shooting was going to occur the following day at Mt. Vernon Senior High School. During the investigation, officers were able to identify the sender as a 15-year-old male from Mesa, AZ. The teen had previously attended Mt. Vernon Senior High School and knew the student the message was sent to.
Indiana State Police and Mt. Vernon Police collaborated with Mesa Police and were able to locate the teen. During the investigation, it was revealed the teen made the alleged threat using the text app. The 15-year-old was arrested for Interfering with an Educational Institution, a Level 6 Felony and for Threatening and Intimidating, a Class 1 Misdemeanor. The juvenile is currently in custody in a juvenile detention center in Phoenix, Arizona.
All threats toward students, staff, and schools are taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated. It is also important to remind students and parents to immediately report threats to police or school administrators.
Investigating Officers: Detective Deig, Detective Walden, Sergeant Chandler, Indiana State Police
Detective Ben Boehleber and Captain Korben Sellers, Mt. Vernon Police
Thomas Clowers, Posey County Prosecutor
All defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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