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Police Valpo High School student charged in bomb threat

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A 15 year-old Valparaiso High School student was arrested Thursday on charges of false informing and criminal recklessness after an anonymous tip led to her admitting involvement in calling in a bomb threat to her school, Valparaiso Police said.

Police said they were called to VHS on Wednesday afternoon regarding a threat of explosive devices being hidden in the school. Officers and school officials searched the school after a brief lockdown and did not locate anything suspicious, police said.

Not long after the search, an anonymous text tip through the VPD’s TIP411 program provided police with information regarding a possible suspect, police said.

Police interviewed the student who explained that she made the threat to get out of taking a test, police said.

The student was transported to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

VPD chief Michael Brickner and school officials said they would like to thank the person who provided the text tip that greatly benefited police and school officials during their investigation.

“This is a great example of a tipster getting involved and providing information to help keep schools safer. Also, school officials and police worked very well together during this incident,” said Brickner.


Posted 5/30/2014