VALPARAISO — A second boy is in custody in the wake of threatening social media posts involving photos of weapons and the statement, "I'm going to shoot up a school."
The 14-year-old Duneland area boy "acknowledged the photographs that were taken but denied involvement in making any such threats," according to Porter police.
Police believe the photographs of the weapons may have been taken in the fall, but do not believe the boy had access to weapons when he was taken into custody.
Also being held is a 13-year-old Chesterton Middle School student who is accused of saying to Siri, iPhone's voice assistant, "I am going to shoot up a school," according to Valparaiso police.
Siri replied with a list of multiple Valparaiso schools near his location, and the boy posted a screenshot of the inquiry and response on social media, police said. The posts were reported to police.
Police in both Porter and Valparaiso said the boys made no direct threats to any specific schools.
Valparaiso police said the 13-year-old boy claimed to have posted the picture on social media as a joke.
“The threat is not believed to be credible at this time; however, these types of communications are taken very seriously by the Valparaiso Police Department and our community,” police stated in a news release. “We continue to work with the Valparaiso Community Schools to ensure the safety of the students and staff.”
Porter police said they too take these types of threats very seriously, and they are handled accordingly.
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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.