Teens arrested on charges of intimidation after North Vernon school receives threat

NORTH VERNON, Ind. — North Vernon police have arrested two juveniles on Level 6 felony intimidation charges after they were accused of threatening to blow up St. Mary’s Elementary School.

North Vernon Police Department detectives arrested the 15-year-old male and 14-year-old male on Friday after a threat was made to the school Wednesday night, said Sgt. Andrew Richmond, North Vernon Police Department spokesman.

Detective Ivory Sandefur was told Wednesday night that a phone message left on a student’s phone reported the threat to the school. The investigation revealed two juveniles were involved in the threat, one a former St. Mary’s student, Richmond said.

Extra officers were assigned to the school during the investigation as security, Richmond said.

After their arrest, the juveniles were detained at the Bartholomew County Youth Services facility, 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.