Police investigate graphic Facebook death threats at school

Middle school student targeted in posts

INDIANAPOLIS - Police have launched an investigation into a series of graphic online death threats aimed at a 12-year-old schoolgirl in the Perry Township school system.

Police were notified of the threats this week against a student at Perry Meridian Middle School on West Meridian School Road on the south side of Indianapolis, a police report said.

Paula Clegg, a spokeswoman for Perry Township schools, said the victim was a student of Southport Middle School, also a Perry Township school.

The school's dean copied and printed some of the threatening messages that had been posted on Facebook and handed them over to police.

According to the police report, he told officers that a fellow student, 13, had posted the threats after being removed from the school for what he termed "explosive behavior."

Clegg said the teen who made the threats was not a student in the district.

In one threat, police received copies of a message that said the suspect knew 99 ways to kill the 12-year-old student without getting caught.

In other posts, the girl posted that she would cut off her classmate's head and "scatter her body parts in her yard," according to the police report.

Police said they also have copies of text messages that contained similar threats.

Officers said they tried to contact the girl who sent the messages, as well as her family, but no one has responded to the police inquiry.

Campus officers told the Call 6 Investigators on Wednesday that they are continuing to investigate, but they were unsure when or if charges may be filed.

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