EDITOR’S NOTE: After receiving new information from the Vincennes Police Department, this story has been updated to note that the persons involved were employees of Sodexo, not the school corporation.
VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A group text between three Sodexo employees working at the Vincennes Community School Corporation sparked an investigation into a possible bomb threat and ended with the arrests of two of the employees.
Rudy Loewen and Erica Davis were arrested Wednesday for intimidation and false informing after dispatchers received a call of a bomb threat at the school administration building.
Investigators learned the incident began when Loewen sent a group text stating to call in a bomb threat for the administration building. Davis then replied “NOW.” A third employee in the group chat believed the texts to be real and called 911, according to Vincennes police.
The Vincennes Police Department determined there was no credible threat to the School Corporation or community.
Loewen and Davis were booked into the Knox County Jail and later released from custody after posting $5,000 bond each.
A Sodexo spokesperson issued a statement Wednesday evening reading, “The safety and security of Vincennes Community School students is our top priority. We are cooperating with the Vincennes Police Department as they continue to investigate this incident and we are conducting an internal investigation; the employees involved have been suspended.”