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Police investigate Harrison student's social media threat

Police were called to Harrison High School after a student reported seeing threats on social media.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 11:26 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2017 5:37 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Police were called to Harrison High School Monday after a student reported seeing threats on social media.

In a letter to parents, Principal Cory Marshall says the post indicated "potential harm to specific students and/or staff at Harrison."

Harrison High School

Administrators and deputies with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office questioned the student who made the post and determined the student had no intention or means of carrying the threat out.

Marshall says the situation did not disrupt the school day.

He's encouraging parents to talk to their kids about the consequences of posting potentially threatening comments online, even if they're intended as a joke.

"It's always concerning when a child makes a threat," said Harrison father Joe Roberts. "I try to talk to my kids as openly as possible and that's why I'm here picking them up at school today so I have a little bit more time with my kids."

"That's scary," added Harrison dad Terry Hamilton. 

"I just think that we have to continue to go down a positive path," said Kevin Smith, who lives in a neighborhood across from the high school.

Smith said things are a lot different today than they were when his kids were in high school.

Parents like Hamilton are still adapting to social media. 

"Me and my wife are going to have a big discussion about this tonight," said Hamilton. 

TSC said it takes these matters very seriously. These types of threats can result in criminal charges and disciplinary action from the school.

"Parents need to observe their children," said Hamilton. "And when they find out that they do have a problem, they need to get them some help early."

Hamilton is glad the school and police looked into this threat because he said these days, you just never know.

"So you have to keep your eyes and ears open," said Hamilton.


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