Police: Teen threatened to kill students at Chesterton High School

2012-11-08T15:30:00Z 2012-11-08T20:58:05Z Police: Teen threatened to kill students at Chesterton High SchoolTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 08, 2012 3:30 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Chesterton High School student was arrested Wednesday after making threats to other students and his family, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday morning at his home by the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

According to police, the boy's stepfather received a call Tuesday afternoon from school officials who told him the boy said, "I'm going to come to school and kill as many as I can."

According to police, school officials told the boy's stepfather a threat assessment would be conducted Wednesday when the boy arrived at school.

The boy's parents told police they confronted the teen Tuesday afternoon and he denied making the threats. 

According to police, the parents checked all of the firearms and ammunition in their home and realized a dart gun was missing.

When the boy's parents asked him to retrieve his backpack so they could check it, he began to fight with his stepfather. The teen's parents wrestled his backpack away from him and found the missing dart gun inside, police said.

The boy then went to the family's garage and threatened to douse his mother and himself with gasoline, police said.

Police arrived on the scene and took the boy into custody after a brief struggle.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on charges of intimidation and resisting law enforcement.

Duneland Schools Superintendent Dirk Baer said everyone involved in the situation did what needed to be done to safeguard students.

"It was a cooperative effort between police, the school resources officer and his parents," Baer said.  "It worked the way the system was supposed to work."

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