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11-year-old suspended after threatening to shoot up middle school


VERMILION — An 11-year-old student of Sailorway Middle School was suspended and taken to a juvenile detention home today after he allegedly made threats to shoot up the school, according Vermilion Police Chief Chris Hartung.

Hartung said the threats were made after the boy became angry at a teacher.

“He said something to the effect of getting a gun and shooting everyone,” Hartung said.

The 11-year-old boy was suspended from school, he said, but he did not have the details of the suspension. He said the boy was also cited for menacing and taken to a juvenile detention facility.

After Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, local parents have been on edge about sending their children to school, especially after widespread reports of threats made against numerous local school districts.

Hartung said after incidents like Friday’s tragedy, students will often start rumors and parents will be more observant of alleged threats. He said, although he believes the threats made were unsubstantiated, the Vermilion Police Department still investigates every one.

“Rumors and innuendo will start, and it’s like a crescendo,” he said.

Since Friday, the Vermilion Police Department, as well as other local departments, have beefed up patrols around school areas. The Vermilion Local School district also employs the use of a school resource officer — a member of the Vermilion Police Department.

“He hears a lot of what’s going on and what people are saying,” Hartung said.

Hartung said Vermilion officers will patrol school areas for as long as needed.

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