Person responsible for Blackford County Schools threat in custody

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The person responsible for an anonymous threat made online toward Blackford County Schools is in custody, according to school officials.

Authorities in Blackford County have been investigating the non-specific threat since Sunday evening.

According to the school system’s Facebook page, an anonymous account appeared on social media Sunday night and used a stock picture of a weapon found on the internet to threaten the school system. 

Chad Yencer, Blackford County Schools Superintendent, said no specific students or staff were mentioned or threatened in the post, but the school system was taking it very seriously. 

School officials planned to use increased safety measures Monday morning to alleviate concerns and ensure the safety of students and staff.

Extra law enforcement was expected at all schools in the morning.

Administrators also planned to screen students at the junior and senior high schools using metal detectors.

That plan is still in place, even though police apprehended the suspect early Monday morning. School officials said it would be a good opportunity to test their procedures.

That decision comes less than two months after the Blackford School Board approved a variety of new safety measures, including a metal detector policy and the purchase of portable, walk-through metal detectors. 

During the school board’s January 29 meeting, members approved Policy 5611: The Use of Metal Detectors.

According to the school district’s website, the policy allows for the use of metal detectors in events of reasonable suspicion. Screenings can also be administered randomly to deter students from bringing weapons onto school property.

School officials stressed that searches always be conducted in the presence of local law-enforcement officers and must be done in a non-discriminatory fashion.

To read about the school system’s other new and updated safety measures, click here.

Superintendent Yencer thanked the many parents, students, and staff that immediately alerted administration and law enforcement of the threat Sunday evening. He also thanked local law enforcement agencies for their support and swift action to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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