Chesterton High School student threatens to ‘kill as many as I can’
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent November 8, 2012 10:20AM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:21AM
CHESTERTON — On a school bus on Tuesday, a 16-year-old Chesterton High School student allegedly announced: “I’m going to come to school and kill as many as I can.” He was arrested Wednesday morning — at home and without causing a greater disturbance at the school — after his parents searched his backpack and found a dart gun taken from his stepfather’s collection.
The teen was taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center to face misdemeanor charges of intimidation and resisting law enforcement.
According to the police report, the Liberty Township teen made the threat at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a school resource officer contacted the parents before he even got home from school. The immediate plan was for the parents and student to meet with the officer on Wednesday to take part in the school’s threat assessment.
The teen denied making a threat, but his stepfather checked on his guns and ammunition that night anyway, discovering a dart gun was missing.
After breakfast Wednesday, the suspect vomited and told his mother he did not want to go to school. She insisted, however, and the parents fought him to look inside his backpack. They found the missing dart gun.
The teen then lost control and ran into the garage, opening a red plastic gas can and swinging it at his mother and himself, as if to douse them, the parents later told police. He also reportedly said, “It’s time to end this.” His mother dialed 911, and his stepfather held the teen to the ground for the 20 to 25 minutes it took police to arrive, at about 6:20 a.m. The teen also reportedly was frothing at the mouth.
Dirk Baer, superintendent of the Duneland School Corp., credited the suspect’s parents and school resource officer Steve Earl for taking the threat seriously and handling it responsibly. “The process worked the way it was supposed to,” Baer said on Thursday.