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2 Carmel students arrested after posting online threats

Staff Reports - CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Police in Carmel have arrested two Carmel High School students after they allegedly posted threats of violence against Carmel High School.

Police say the 15 and 16-year-old teens posted the threats to Snapchat.

"They were putting Snapchat messages out referring to violence against basically other people, other students or the school and anytime that happens we're concerned it involves children, it involves our community and we take that very seriously," said Carmel Police Lt. Joe Bickel.

The Carmel Police Department was alerted to the Snapchats Friday evening.

"We've spent hundreds of hours of manpower investigating these threats against Carmel High School and their students and we take each threat seriously. Fortunately, we were able to put a lot of collaboration together with the school system, our detectives, our school resource officers, we were able to solve this crime," said Lt. Joe Bickel.

Investigators say they do not believe the students ever planned to carry out the threats.

"These teenage boys that committed this crime, they did it out of wanting to get out of school and for a joke and that's why I always tell parents speak to your children, about not only the benefits of social media but also the dangers and the responsibilities of being on that type of platform, if they make bad decisions there can be serious consequences for that," said Bickel.

Carmel Police confirmed the message below that a parent shared with WISH-TV was one of the threats posted to Snapchat.

"I believe they knew each other, so they had some type of friendship that they obviously fed off each other and caused one another to commit these crimes," said Bickel.

Police also say these threats are separate from the rumors about possible violence last week that led to approximately 1,500 students to stay home from school on Friday.

Both police and school leaders say they still plan to have extra security on hand when classes resume Tuesday.

The students both face preliminary charges of intimidation.


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