COVINGTON, Ind. (WLFI) - A Fountain County man with some mental health issues leads an area school corporation to add a pair school resource officers.
The Covington Community School Corporation sent out a letter to parents earlier this week to inform them about an ongoing investigation and a possible future threat mentioning the district. No immediate threat was made. In fact, a date which was mentioned, Dec. 14, is a Saturday.
Fountain County Sheriff Bill Sanders tells News 18 an investigation began this summer after a young adult with mental illness posted some general threats online. Then, late last week, when a second general threat was made.
Superintendent Kirk Booe says the district was already planning to add school resource officers soon. But the more recent threat sped up the process and since the beginning of the week, one officer has been at the elementary school, one at the middle and high school.
"We have to take every threat as a viable threat at the beginning. Whether the comments are made in jest, we have to act appropriately," said Booe.
Sheriff Sanders says additional comments were made Friday and the individual was taken back to a mental hospital on a commitment order.
"This person hasn't committed a crime other than he's talked about what he wants to do. So we've done today what we need to do to prevent that from happening," said Sanders.
Booe says the staff and parent response to the letter has been positive.
The threats Friday also mentioned Attica schools and Superintendent Derek Marshall was informed. News 18 was unable to reach him Friday night for comment.
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