Non-credible threat prompts increased police presence at Franklin Central on Tuesday

Franklin Central High School (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Officials say there will be an increased police presence at Franklin Central High School on Tuesday due to a threat that was made on social media Monday evening.

Principal Chase Huotari said in a Facebook post that the threat has been determined not to be credible and the increased police presence is a purely a precautionary measure.

Huotari said the school’s police department and administration will continue to investigate the threat to determine who may be responsible for the post.

“It is unfortunate that someone has used social media to try and disrupt the educational process at Franklin Central,” wrote Huotari.

Franklin schools police issued this statement:

In response to the statement regarding the social media threat against Franklin Central High School. Social media is both a blessing and a curse. While the spread of good information is beneficial to the community at large, false information can be very disrupting. The post that was shared so many times last night was evidence of bad information that led to a very large disruption.

Disruptions to the educational environment at any of our schools will not be tolerated. Not only will they not be tolerated, incidents that rise to the level of criminal activity will lead to arrest and potential prosecution. During the course of the investigation, it was evident that the non-credible threat rose to the level of criminal activity by invoking fear among members of the Flashes community. After a thorough investigation the source of the post was identified, arrested and will be facing consequences outlined by the FCHS Code of Conduct.

While the vagueness of released statements can be frustrating, it is important that we protect the integrity of the investigation for both us and our partners in the schools.

I appreciate those that contacted the school directly last night. Preventing the spread of bad information is very difficult. However, it is important to ensure the situation is handled based on the facts and not the hearsay.

The Franklin Township Community Schools Police Department and our entire school community will always place a priority on the safety and security of our students and staff. If you ever have a question or concern, I encourage you to contact us directly. We would be more than happy to help.

Thanks,

Kenneth Short

Chief of School Police