Tecumseh on 'high alert' following school shooting threats

A tense day is over at a local middle school after online threats of a school shooting. Tecumseh Junior High School Principal Brandon Hawkins says security was heightened and attendance was low.

Posted: Nov 22, 2021 6:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A tense day is over at a local middle school after online threats of a school shooting.

Tecumseh Junior High School Principal Brandon Hawkins says security was heightened and attendance was low.

"You want to reduce the anxiety but these kind of things by the nature of them shake people up ... but overall the students that were here I think moved on as best they could today," Hawkins says.

As News 18 previously reported, Lafayette Police Department arrested a Tecumseh student late Sunday night. Investigators believe she's the person behind two Snapchat accounts threatening a shooting today at Tecumseh and naming several students as targets.

Detectives linked one of the posts to an email address belonging to the student. She was arrested on a preliminary charge of intimidation, a level 6 felony, then transported and released to Tippecanoe County Juvenile Probation.

Police say the student didn't have access to guns and had no intent to act on the threat.

Hawkins says families were notified throughout the investigation and students named in the posts were contacted.

"We have extra officers," he says. "We have officers on high alert, so to speak. Our teachers have been told to report anything that looks out of place, so that's what you're doing on a day like today."

LPD credits cooperation from the community and school administrators in quickly making an arrest and avoiding interruptions to the school day.

Hawkins noted last night's arrest eased the overall anxiety in the building today. He emphasized no students were in danger at any time.

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