Facebook Threat Leads to Suspension for Center Grove Student
7th grader also in trouble for a comment added to the post
Parents of Center Grove High School students got a call and email from the school system late Thursday morning, prompted by a student's Facebook post on Wednesday.
School officials say a 15-year-old freshman at Center Grove High School made a threat in a Facebook post in which he named a teacher. Center Grove School Superintendent Richard Arkanoff says the threat was made sometime after school was out. "It actually was handled by our police department, the Center Grove Police Department, as well as the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. They did a fantastic job of working together and bringing it to a quick end."
The student was taken into custody at a middle school football game last night and was released to his parents from juvenile detention 12 hours later.
Police say inappropriate comments were added to the Facebook post by a 7th grade student at Center Grove Middle School Central. In the comment, the 7th grader mentions he could provide a gun, but both he and the freshman claim they were joking. "That is what they are claiming at this point, but we take all this very seriously," said Arkanoff, who adds that the 7th grader's parents turned over a .22 caliber rifle to police.
Arkanoff says the freshman told police he was angry after getting into trouble at school, but claims he had no intention of committing a violent act. "The high school student is suspended pending expulsion, and the middle school student's discipline is still pending."
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