After Noblesville Schools officials announced at 2:55 p.m. today that a threat had been made to Noblesville High School, police say they are talking to a person of interest.
Lt. Bruce Barnes from the Noblesville Police Dept. told Current in Noblesville that officers are talking to a person of interest, who they believe is a juvenile student at the school. Barnes also told Current officers are speaking with a handful of other students who may be able to help in providing more information.
Barnes said at about 11 a.m. today, they were made aware of the threat that consists of racial slurs on a bathroom stall, as well as statements that read, “School shootings are fun…Don’t come to school 11/19/18.”
“Immediately the (school resource officers) began investigating,” Barnes said. “We also are getting a lot of questions about whether or not the threat is credible, and we just don’t know at this point. We try to share information, as far as the investigation goes, with members of the school district so they can be informed and make decisions about what they will do in regards to a possible need for increased security and so forth.”
The school district released an updated statement at 4:30 p.m.
“Update: The NHS threat involved ugly, derogatory, racial statements and referenced a school shooting this coming Monday.
“Police are currently onsite investigating and questioning a suspect. We will have increased police presence for tonight’s events at NHS.
“We are sickened that we are facing this situation once again and will aggressively address hatred and threats to the safety of our students and community.
“We’ll continue to provide our parents updates and plan for school Monday.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.