FORTVILLE, Ind. -- A Mt. Vernon High School student was arrested Tuesday on charges of felony intimidation for allegedly threatening a shooting at the school this week.
Fortville police said they had taken a juvenile suspect into custody following the threat, made after classes ended Monday.
Mt. Vernon Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins released a statement Tuesday applauding police efforts in the case and assuring parents of their students' safety at the school.
"It wasn't a credible threat, but as you can tell it does not take much to create a disruption to our schools," Robbins said. "This is a very unfortunate situation as it took away a day of education from a number of our students. However, as I stated in my release yesterday, if you chose to keep your children home, I respect your right to do so and we will make up for the loss of instruction. Again, safety is our priority, and in today's digital world we can utilize our resources to continue our momentum in the classroom."
Robbins sent the following message to parents Monday night saying a Facebook post had been made about a possible shooting at Mt. Vernon High School:
"Early this evening a Facebook post about a possible shooting at Mt. Vernon High School went viral. We responded to the threat immediately. The Mt. Vernon administration has worked in cooperation with law enforcement to identify the most suitable course of action while they investigate the threat.
At this time we have decided to open school on a two hour delay mostly due to the sub-zero temperatures. There will be an increased security presence on all of our campuses. Entry points into the high school will be limited and backpacks will be searched upon entry.
We take all threats against our school and students very seriously. While we feel campus is safe, we understand and respect if you decide to keep your students at home tomorrow. If you have any further information please contact the Fortville Police Department."
The threat came one day before a community forum planned in Hendricks County to address ongoing threats against Plainfield High School.