LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two female students have been arrested for a threat written on the girl’s bathroom wall at Jefferson High School on Monday.
Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle confirmed the arrests Wednesday afternoon.
According to an LSC press release, the female students — one a sophomore and one a junior — were arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct, threats and intimidation.
LSC administrators said the initial investigation revealed that the motivation behind the graffiti was an effort to cancel school. They said the students were “attempting to generate enough concern on social media to close school for a day.”
As News 18 has reported, the threat on the wall — which officials said appeared Monday just after 2:30 p.m. — claimed there would be a shooting at the school at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Photos of the threat surfaced on social media and 560 students were absent Tuesday.
Jessica Ortiz decided to keep her daughter home. She said she’s glad the students responsible were caught. When it comes to social media, she said nothing should be taken lightly.
“Whether it’s a hoax or if it’s just somebody being a kid, you don’t know. When it comes to the well-being of this many people, including children, you’ve got to take it for what it says,” said Ortiz.
All this came after a student was arrested for bringing a gun to school on Monday.
The gun was found in the sophomore’s backpack with a magazine in it, but nothing in the chamber. Administrators credit two students for telling them about it. When they approached the student, they said he offered no resistance. He is currently being held in a secure detention.
In a separate, but related issue, another student was arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct. LSC said a male freshman was allegedly posting false information on social media outside of the school day. Police are still continuing to investigate.
LSC also said Wednesday, attendance has improved since early this week.
Administrators will be sitting down to collect information about the week’s events. They will discuss procedures and protocols and possibly come up with some security improvements. They said the changes might not be drastic, but they should know more in the coming weeks.