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PHOTO: Student, 14, arrested for making online threat to school

Silver Creek Middle School (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News) Silver Creek Middle School (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Here's a screengrab of the threatening post that was found on a fake Instagram account that has since been de-activated. Here's a screengrab of the threatening post that was found on a fake Instagram account that has since been de-activated.

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Police have arrested a 14-year-old student accused of creating a fake social media account in order to threaten a school.

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The investigation happened quickly, and Sellersburg police worked through the night to find the person responsible.

All of West Clark Community Schools started the day on heightened security and with an added police presence. After a Silver Creek Middle School student was taken into custody, the district was able to go back to operating normally Thursday.

"Every threat that comes in, you have to take seriously," Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said. 

Sellersburg police said it was a made-up Instagram account that prompted schools to be on alert Thursday morning. Silver Creek bus driver Tom Campbell said the district made all staff aware of the threat.

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"As the students get on, see what their concerns are; if they have a concern ... try to answer it properly," Campbell said. 

Sellersburg police started investigating Wednesday around 8 p.m. after the account was brought to light. Detectives first questioned the student shown in the picture on the account. Whelan said once they realized someone else used that student’s picture, they had a list of other students they wanted to talk to at the school Thursday morning. 

After investigators started questioning a 14-year-old boy, Whelan said he had this to say.

"'Can I just go ahead and tell you all I did,' at which time the conversation had to stop," Whelan said. 

He was immediately taken to the police department and interviewed with his parents at his side. The 8th-grade student was arrested. 

Sellersburg police are now working with Jeffersonville police to see if there is any connection to threats made to multiple Greater Clark County schools, even though the posts weren’t similar. 

"Ours didn’t have the clown aspect to it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t connected," Whelan said. 

As students head into fall break, Whelan is hopeful the arrest sends a strong message that such threats will not be tolerated. Students will be charged and parents will be faced with high fines for all the manpower that goes into the investigations.

"What a way to end the fall semester, so to speak, and take a two-week break to have this over our heads, but we can look for better days coming and I hope it’s real soon," Campbell said. 

The 14-year-old was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. He faces charges of intimidation and identity deception for using another student’s picture.

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