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BREAKING: Clay County juvenile arrested for alleged intimidation charges Friday

Sunday, January 20, 2008

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.

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So, you let this child arrive in school, and your (the officers) are there and nothing happened and then in the afternoon you took him into custody. Gee... Don't you think you might have tried his home and not but into the danger of the other students and staff??? Oh... that wouldn't make as good of a headliner, huh???

-- Posted by laree68 on Sun, Jan 20, 2008, at 9:06 PM

You have to have some type of probable cause to do anything. That's smart, lets go ahead and take away someones rights just because of hearsay. I'm sure after their investigation at school they had a great reason for arresting the delinquent juvenile.

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 12:40 AM

What is it going to take to get this nonsense stopped? Our schools and our kids are in trouble. Do we have to wait for a real disaster for the public to wake up and demand increased security and measures put into place to ensure saftey?? Bomb threats, threats to staff & students, and teachers behavior have not helped out our schools this week.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 7:31 AM

I think one thing it's going to take is for some parents to be more involved with their children. I'm continually amazed at how many parents I know that have no idea what their kids are up to or who their friends are.

-- Posted by asil on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 9:16 PM

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