Bloomington elementary school students arrested following threats involving guns on social media

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five people, including two elementary school students, were arrested Sunday after police investigated online threats made against another student. 

Bloomington police were notified Saturday by officials with Fairview Elementary School about an Instagram video that showed two students making threats and brandishing an AK-47-type weapon. One of the boys in the video made threats toward a female student and her brother. He said the gun was real and the two people were going to get "lit up," police say.

The police investigation revealed that the threats were made after an argument about a dating relationship.

Police searched for, and found the 11 and 12-year-old students in question. They were taken to the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village in Knox County.

Officers then went to a house in the 100 block of S. Park Ridge Road to locate the weapon in the video. Laquita S. Perry-Leverston, 33, retrieved the weapon and a pistol from the trunk of a car. Both were BB guns, police say. 

After a warrant was obtained, police began searching the house. A 17-year-old walked out of the house and told officers they weren't going to touch him. He began to resist and was arrested. The 17-year-old was handcuffed and placed into a patrol vehicle, where he tried to kick out a window and threatened to kill an officer, police say.

Two adults, Paris R. Leverston Sr., 37, and Perry-Leverston, became upset when the 17-year-old was arrested. According to Bloomington police, "Attempts were made to explain to her the reason why, but both adults continued to be loud and disruptive." Both were arrested.

All weapons seized by police were BB guns, not actual guns.

The people arrested face the following charges:

  • Juvenile male, 11: Intimidation
  • Juvenile male, 12: Intimidation
  • Juvenile male, 17: Intimidation and resisting law enforcement (Had been on probation for armed robbery, burglary charges in 2016)
  • Paris R. Leverston, 37: Disorderly conduct
  • Laquita S. Perry-Leverston, 33: Disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement 

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