Portage boy was detained last week at the Porter County Juvenile Detention
Center (JDC) after he admitted texting threats to another boy, the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to Chief
Deputy Jeff Biggs, at 11:33 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, officers were dispatched
to a residence on Oxbow Road after a 14-year-old boy reported receiving text
messages “which contained threats to his family, home, and school (Portage
In the course of
their investigation, the officers developed information leading them to a
residence on Monument Road in Portage, where they subsequently located and
identified several juveniles. One of them, a 15-year-old boy, “admitted to
the threats, stating he intended them to be a joke,” Biggs said.
The boy was
transported to JDC on a delinquency charge of intimidation, and the Portage
Police Department notified of the threats, Biggs said.
“After learning of
the threats, I contacted Portage Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alaniz to inform
her of the situation and the actions taken by the Porter County Sheriff’s
Department,” Biggs said. “We decided to increase the number of officers
present for the next school day to provide extra security, and the Porter
County Sheriff’s Office arranged to have five additional officers to cover
the (Portage Township Schools) elementary schools.”
“The Porter County
Sheriff’s Department would like to commend the Sheriff’s deputies who took
quick action to resolve the issue prior to the start of school on Monday, so
that our students could experience a calm, safe, and uninterrupted
educational environment at Portage Township Schools,” Biggs said.
Schools, in its own statement on Tuesday, said that the 15-year-old boy will
face additional disciplinary action through the district.
added, “Portage Township Schools would like to commend the Porter County
Sheriff’s Department for addressing the situation, eliminating the
possibility of a threat to our schools, and keeping up and the Portage
Police Department informed of the situation. Deputies from the Porter County
Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Portage Police Department were
stationed at schools throughout our district, and we thank them for
providing additional security for our students. These collaborative efforts
allowed our schools to conduct business as usual in a safe environment where
learning should take place.”