CROWN POINT — Police have secured felony intimidation charges against a high school student accused of threatening to blow up her school Feb. 19.
The 15-year-old female student allegedly sent a text message to 29 people, stating, "I'm blowing up the school. This is a threat."
A subsequent message was later sent out from a different phone number, identifying the person who made the threat as a female student from Lake Central, according to a news release from police and the Crown Point Community School Corporation.*
The second text message stated she made the threat for a “friend who is a freshman” at Crown Point High School and she was “sorry” and that “nothing is going to happen," according to the release.
The text messages were sent from two different phone numbers and were quickly traced by Lake County dispatch to Bandwith.com, authorities said.
Bandwith.com was contacted and advised the numbers were provided by a wholesale company called “Pinger, Inc.," which makes mobile phone applications.
The applications that they make are used to provide a second phone number on a mobile device in order to keep a phone number private.
Pinger, Inc. was contacted by Crown Point detectives and advised of the numbers used and the company in turn provided the necessary information to help detectives determine where the threats came from.
The girl's name is being withheld due to her juvenile status. She's been charged with felony intimidation and misdemeanor intimidation.
The Crown Point Police Department was assisted by the FBI's counter terrorism unit, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, St. John Police Department, Lake Central School Corporation and Crown Point School Corporation.
* Editor's note: Police clarified Wednesday the Crown Point student attempted to cover up her alleged actions by sending a second text falsely identifying the person who made the threat as a Lake Central student. No Lake Central students were involved, police said.