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Above: submitted by Holly Doyle Hilligoss – bomb threat written in a Center Grove High School bathroom. Profanity has been removed from the photo.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (April 15, 2014) — A bomb threat discovered at Center Grove High School led to the school being temporarily locked down Tuesday.

A source inside the school said the lockdown consisted of classroom doors shutting and not allowing anyone to leave. After lunch, by fifth period, the school went into lockdown. The source told FOX59 that between fourth and fifth period most students were in the hallways after administrators were alerted about the threat.

The threat, written on a bathroom wall, read “I am tired of my life. You will all die today – with me there is a bomb hidden in the school – boom boom (expletive).”

Holly Doyle Hilligoss, a mother of a student at Center Grove High School, said she was “very disappointed in how this was handled.” She says no warning was sent out to students, teachers or parents when it was initially reported to the administration.

The principal of Center Grove High School sent the following letter to parents following the incident:


This afternoon, a threat was left on a bathroom wall inside Center Grove High School and was reported to the high school administration by a student. Administrators immediately notified the Center Grove Police Department (CGPD) and Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the school safety plan, the school was placed on a modified lockdown for a brief time so that a thorough investigation could take place. Officers searched the building, but did not find anything. CGPD officers will make every effort to determine who was responsible for the threat.

At no time did administrators or investigators believe there was an immediate danger to our staff or students. Their safety is always our priority. We appreciate students taking action and reporting concerns as they become aware of them.  


Doug Bird
Center Grove High School

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