Police: PHS sophomore threatened to shoot fellow students

2013-10-09T15:15:00Z 2013-10-10T10:02:06Z Police: PHS sophomore threatened to shoot fellow studentsBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 3:15 pm  • 

PORTAGE | A Portage High School sophomore was arrested Wednesday on a charge of intimidation after he allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot other students, police said.

The threat was brought to the attention of a school administrator in the morning by another student, who claims to have overheard the boy making the threat, police said. The boy allegedly said he would shoot students he felt are "arrogant and self-righteous."

The student who reportedly made the threat was quickly located, brought to the office. Other students heard the threat as well, authorities said. Police said the boy was not in possession of a gun, but claimed to have access to one at home.

No gun was found during a search of the student's bedroom, police said. The parent’s reportedly have a gun under lock and key and the child does not have access to it.

Police Chief Troy Williams commended the student who reported the incident along with the swift actions of school administrators and the school resource officer.

Williams urged parents to talk with children with regards to the importance of reporting a threat they may hear. He also said parents should monitor their children for changes in behavior that warrant a concern.

Portage Township Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said students and staff reacted to Wednesday morning's incident just as they should have. Staff members followed procedures by contacting authorities after the student's threat was reported to them.

He also praised the student who reported the incident to school officials.

"These kids are behaving like kids are suppose to do. They let us know and we took care of it," Frataccia said.

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