15-year-old boy arrested after Perry Meridian threats

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Investigators have released new information about the individual officers took into custody after threats were made against Perry Meridian High School.

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to the incident over the weekend. Sunday night, IMPD investigators were notified of a threat of violence against the school that was posted by someone on Twitter and Instagram.

Investigators were able to identify the 15-year-old, a student of Perry Meridian High School, as the sole suspect in the threats. As the investigation continued, the boy was released to his parents.

IMPD announced on Thursday that investigators had obtained an arrest warrant this week for the 15-year-old. The boy surrendered to investigators Wednesday afternoon, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.

He’s facing preliminary charges of intimidation and false reporting.

Perry Township Schools Superintendent Thomas Little Jr.

“We are thankful for the support and hard work of both IMPD and Homeland Security on this issue. Homeland Security and IMPD worked through the night to trace the author of this threat. In a matter of nine hours, IMPD officers were standing on this young man’s doorstep at 4:00 a.m. with a warrant to search the home. Threats of violence will not be tolerated in Perry Township and dealt with in swift and severe manner. This individual is placed on no trespass of school grounds and expulsion proceedings are underway.

We are pleased with the stance that the prosecutors’ office has taken in the severity of the charges posed. This stance reinforces the importance of maintaining the safety and security of the children placed under our care. Children learn by example and the arrest, prosecution, and hopefully severe punishment will serve as an example of a behavior that simply will not be tolerated. We have faith in the justice system that appropriate consequences for inappropriate actions will be the final action taken on this case.

We also hope this young man receives the counseling and support necessary to never act in this manner again.”

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