Two South Knox High School boys posted a threat towards the school on Instagram two weeks ago.
“The picture showed two, what they thought were South Knox students with guns,” said South Knox Superintendent Tim Groves. “And a statement underneath that in a thread that said “Don’t come to school tomorrow”
‘Tomorrow’ being a reference to April 4, however nobody reported the threat until a concerned parent called the Sheriff’s office around eight pm April 15.
“I called the detectives and some deputies in and by 9:45 we had male juveniles in custody,” said Sheriff Doug Vantlin.
Groves says the school has an anonymous tip line for students to use if they notice a threat, but it wasn’t used in this case.
“There were students who were aware of this on back on April 3 and they didn’t come forward with the information,” he said.
In the Instagram thread was another message claiming the picture was a joke.
“Whether this was for real or if somebody was joking,” said Sheriff Vantlin. “We don’t take this as a joke, it’s not and we will deal with it.”
Joke or not, school officials and law enforcement need students to speak up when they see a threat.
“If you see something say something. And in the letter I sent out to the parents I’ve asked them to stress to their children if you see something say something,” said Groves. “Find an adult, someone you’re comfortable with.”
The two juveniles are currently at the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village and the threat is still under investigation at this time.