Clay City -- Officials are continuing the investigation into the incidents surrounding the Friday arrest of a 15-year-old Clay City High School student for alleged involvement in making threats against the staff and students.
The Clay City Police Department initiated the investigation when notified Thursday evening by school officials seeking extra security because of a possible threat at the school Friday morning.
"We have to take every threat seriously," Police Chief Terry Skaggs told The Brazil Times Sunday.
In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, Skaggs confirmed the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Clay County Juvenile Court and Indiana State Police were immediately contacted after notification of the potential threat.
Although no incident occurred, Skaggs and ISP Master Trooper Sam Stearley were at Clay City High School before the beginning of classes Friday as students arrived at the school.
Investigators and school officials interviewed several staff members and students, including the suspect, Friday afternoon.
The juvenile suspect was initially taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center, then transferred to the Muncie Regional Diagnostic Center, Muncie.
Although the suspect has been preliminarily charged with intimidation, a Class D felony, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said the suspect would have to be waived from juvenile proceedings in Clay Circuit Court, charged and ultimately convicted as an adult of intimidation to be punished with up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
"Law enforcement received and acted on the information quickly, took the complaint seriously and investigated the matter thoroughly," Reberger said Sunday. "Cooperation between the law enforcement agencies during this investigation was excellent and their efforts potentially thwarted a harmful event."
Normally a juvenile is held in custody for 48 hours (barring holidays and weekends) before appearing in front of a judge, but due to the courthouse being closed Monday for Martin Luther King Day, the situation is different.
Reberger said the suspect would remain in custody until the court schedule allows for the formal arraignment process sometime Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials want the public to know that this incident and a bomb threat at North Clay Middle School Wednesday are being taken serious.
"We're not done yet," Reberger said about both incidents, adding that further information will be limited due to both ongoing investigations.