Police: ‘Safe to go to school’

EDINBURGH – Edinburgh police said a report of a threat on social media involving Edinburgh High School and Middle School has been ruled unsubstantiated, but has resulted in some copycat behavior.

Edinburgh Assistant Police Chief David Lutz said that the department learned of a threat last week that was supposedly made on social media that something would happen Friday at the school.

However, working with the school corporation, Lutz said police determined the threat had not occurred and the comments on social media were religious in nature, and not threatening.

However, at least one copycat incident has occurred on social media involving a middle school student that the school is currently dealing with as far as disciplinary action, he said.

“It is safe to go to school,” Lutz said. “Nothing is going on. There is nothing to be afraid of,” Lutz said.

Although unrelated, Lutz did mention an incident this week where a student was taken into custody after a threat was made toward Whiteland High School on social media.

The Greenwood Police Department on Friday said it was investigating a complaint that a 17-year-old student had made threats to “shoot up the school” after posting a photo with a gun in his waistband. Police later found a black BB gun when searching the student’s bedroom and determined it was the gun in the photo.

The teen was released to the custody of his parents Friday, police said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.