FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne Community Schools student was taken off the bus in handcuffs Thursday after he had threatened to bring a gun Northrop High School. Police said this type of threat may be more common than the community thinks.
Though it appears there was no action behind Thursday's threat, Krista Stockman with Fort Wayne Community Schools said arresting the student was a necessary response for this sort of situations.
"We live in a city where in the last few weeks, we've seen quite a bit of violence," Stockman said. "So being in that environment, we've for a long time now taken these [threats] very seriously."
Both school officials and police said protocol hasn't changed after the recent mass shootings across the country but they said more people are paying attention to safety.
"What has changed is really the public being more aware," said Raquel Foster, public information officer with Fort Wayne police. "There's really just a heightened awareness when those types of threats are made, that they're relayed to the appropriate authorities, and they're not simply dismissed."
The 16-year-old boy taken off the bus on Thursday was charged with trespassing on school property.
According to a police report, the 16-year-old Northrop High School student was suspended Wednesday for stealing money and an iPod from a locker. On the bus ride home that day, he is reported to have told others he was planning to bring a gun to school Thursday.
The teen got on the bus Thursday morning despite his suspension. The bus driver called police who responded near Saint Joe and Saint Joe Center Roads.
"He met the officer at the door of the bus and he was immediately placed in handcuffs and we began our investigation," said Foster.
The teen didn't have a weapon on him and he was transported to the Allen County Juvenile Center Thursday without any trouble. As a precaution, school officials quarantined the other students from that bus when they arrived at Northrop.
"We wanted to take the extra precaution of making sure that a weapon hadn't been transferred to another student," said Krista Stockman with Fort Wayne Community Schools. "So we checked the students' bags and sent them off to class."
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