Edinburgh teen accused in school threat may be released from electronic monitoring

A 16-year-old Edinburgh teen accused of making a threat against the Simon Youth Academy in February will be released from electronic monitoring if his latest drug screen comes back clean.

The teen appeared in Bartholomew County Juvenile Court Wednesday morning for an admit/deny hearing in his case, in which he is accused of a Level 6 felony charge of intimidation. He declined to make any admission in the case and a fact-finding hearing was set for 2 p.m. May 30 for three hours of testimony.

He is accused of showing a sketch depicting a shooting scene to some of his classmates on Feb. 21, with the drawing containing images of a classroom, a semi-automatic pistol and bodies identified by student and teacher names, court records state. The student attended the school for at-risk students at Edinburgh Premium Outlets and has been on electronic monitoring since the incident, court officials said.

An additional charge of Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana was dismissed by Magistrate Heather Mollo Wednesday after the prosecution and the defense agreed that there was a jurisdictional issue with it.

Deputy Prosecutor Lindsey Kay agreed to dismiss the misdemeanor because the juvenile lives in Johnson County and the offense is alleged to have occurred there. Kay and defense attorney Michael DeArmitt told the teen’s family that Johnson County officials could file the charge there if they wish.

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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.