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Emails to students that prompted extra security at Hamilton Southeastern Schools were 'senior prank'

Posted at 11:39 AM, May 08, 2019

HAMILTON COUNTY — Anonymous emails that were received by several students at Hamilton Southeastern Schools and prompted extra security at the school on Tuesday were a senior prank, according to school officials.

A school spokesperson says several high school students reported receiving anonymous messages to their Office365 email account that contained a "proverb/saying." The school district did not release the content of those emails, although they say none of the emails contained direct threats to a specific person or school building.

As an extra precaution, the district had increased police presence at the schools on Tuesday while they worked to determine the source of the emails.

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After a joint investigation by the Noblesville Police Department and the technology department at Hamilton Southeastern, they discovered the person behind the incident. "The person behind this incident has since been caught and will be punished according to the student handbook," the district said in a statement released Wednesday. The person's identity has not been released.

They say the emails were sent as part of a "senior prank," although no additional details were given.