Emmerich Manual student accused of making online threats directed at school arrested

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Emmerich Manual High School student accused of making online threats directed at the school was arrested on Thursday.

Colleen Reynolds, spokesperson for Emmerich Manual, says that a 17-year-old student reported receiving a threat directed at the school on Snapchat. The school passed along the threat to IMPD.

Police determined the threat came from another Emmerich Manual student. The student was taken into custody following an investigation.

Reynolds released the following statement to FOX59 in regards to the incident:

“The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. Yesterday, a student reported a possible threat on Snapchat that was reported to police.  Because of the nature of Snapchat, the content of the threat remains unclear to school officials.  After IMPD conducted an investigation, they were able to track down the individual who was responsible and the student was arrested for making the threat.  We are cooperating fully with authorities and in an abundance of caution have requested an increased police presence at school to reassure students, staff and parents that we take all threats seriously. All additional questions must be referred to the IMPD.”

We talked to a parent who says she’s concerned following the threat.

“All I can think of are the schools that have been shot down over the years. Who knows what’s going on in their minds.”

The mother didn’t want to be identified in order to protect her child.

Cyber security specialists with Rook Security say even though some apps like Snapchat are designed to automatically delete your posts in 24 hours, they are still able to track those down.

We could find it or the people you thought you could trust might post it somewhere else without you knowing. Digital evidence doesn’t go away often a lot of people are storing that information for a very, very long time,” Mat Gangwer, Chief Technology Officer with Rook Security.

At this point in time, no further information about the student is available. We will update this story when we receive more information.

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