PORTER TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old Porter Township boy was arrested Thursday after police said he made threats to a school bus driver after being suspended for having a homemade knife at school.
Police were contacted Thursday afternoon by officials at Boone Grove High School who said the student was waiting at a school bus stop to confront the driver regarding his suspension.
But police said the driver diverted the bus while police and school officials arrived to investigate.
The bus driver told police the student got on the bus Thursday morning and asked her to hold onto a switchblade knife, saying he forgot he had it in his pocket and didn’t want to take it into the school.
The driver reported the incident to school officials, who, during their investigation, found the student in possession of an apparent weapon made from an eyeglass arm that had been filed down and had tape on it, according to police.
School officials suspended the student.
Witnesses told police the student contacted someone on the bus to determine its location and told the person on the bus he was going to get on the bus when it stopped to “get to the bottom of it,” meaning he wanted to confront the bus driver for turning in the switchblade.
Police and school officials met the student at the bus stop on Vine Street. Police said the student was arrested and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of intimidation.