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Two Danville students arrested, school closed

Posted at 2:49 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 20:10:30-05

Editor's note: Police originally stated the two students arrested were a senior and a freshman.

DANVILLE, Ind. -- All Danville schools were closed Thursday after new online threats were made against Danville and Plainfield schools.

The new threats came after authorities arrested two Danville students, both boys, overnight for allegedly making death threats against classmates at Danville Community High School. One is a sophomore and the other is a freshman.

Below are edited photos RTV6 has obtained of the sophomore and freshman, respectively.

 

Danville Police Chief William Wright said his department coordinated with the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.

Police have another investigation on their hands now with the new threats. Central Indiana isn't the only place where these threats have been made. A bomb threat shut down more than 900 schools in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Similar threats have been made to schools in Miami and New York.

"With what's going on around the country, we're taking this very seriously," Wright said. "We're not going to stop until we get it resolved."

He gave advice to parents to "be nosy."

"We need the parents to be parents," he said. "Go through your child's phone ... You're their friend second, you're their parent first."

Danville will resume school on Jan. 4, after Christmas Break. Thursday was scheduled to be the last day of class before the break.

"Finals and completing the semester are important to our students and families, but their safety is of upmost importance," Dr. Tracey Shafer of the Danville School Corporation said. "We're going to make sure they're safe first. We'll deal with finals later. "

Police say the two arrested are not related by family.

The arrests come after Danville Schools Superintendent Dr. Tracey Shafer posted to the district's Facebook page about an "unconfirmed rumor" that a student was planning to bring a gun to school Thursday.

The school resource officer notified police about the threats. Police used social media and other techniques to find them. Wright said the first student made a threat about getting a weapon and the second responded with "You can't stop all of us." 

Police don't believe the overnight arrests are connected to the new threats, but believe both threats are credible.

In Plainfield, school was also canceled after online threats were made against students.

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