Teens arrested after alleged threat against elementary school

Two teenagers were arrested after allegedly communicating a threat against a school in Jennings County. Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that the incident began on Wednesday evening when Detective Ivory Sandefur was made aware of a phone message left on a student’s phone reporting a threat to St Mary’s Elementary School. The investigation revealed two juveniles, one of them a former St. Mary’s student, was involved with the threat to blow the school up.

Richmond says that extra officers were assigned to the school during the investigation in order to provide additional security. On Friday afternoon, Sandefur was able to obtain a detention order for both suspects, a 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old male. Both were arrested and are being held at Bartholomew County Juvenile detention center, each on a preliminary charge of Intimidation, a level 6 felony.