Noblesville officials investigating Twitter threats
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Noblesville school officials and police are investigating Twitter threats made online Wednesday.
School leaders said a student sent out a racist Twitter post Wednesday.
Someone with the Twitter name “John Smith” then threatened to shoot at the school.
A district spokesperson said the student who sent the initial racist tweet is facing “significant consequences.”
Noblesville police said they questioned two people this morning. They were both released. Investigators say they currently have no suspects or persons of interest.
Noblesville High School was in session Thursday and school leaders called in five times as many police officers as usual to work at the school. The school released a statement on the posts:
Today we became aware that one of our students made an ugly, racially derogatory Twitter post. We do not condone this type of behavior and are passionate about creating an environment where all our students feel respected.
The behavior was also a direct violation of our school social media policy. We appreciate those who brought this issue to our attention and want to reassure the community that we have addressed this issue with the student and parents in questions, and that there will be significant consequences for this action.
Jane Grimes has a 15-year-old daughter who attends the high school. She said she was checking her emails Thursday to read multiple updates from school leaders.
“It’s a bit unsettling,” Grimes said of the threat. “I think anytime you have a child involved in something where there’s a threat, your heart rate goes up a little bit. Your emotions go up a little bit.”
Grimes said she decided to send her daughter to school because school wouldn’t be in session if the kids were in danger. She said her daughter was rattled by the threat but the added security put her at ease.
“I think I just put my faith in God and put my faith that the school knows what they’re doing,” Grimes said.
In addition to multiple email updates, school leaders also left voicemails for parents explaining the situation.