Police arrest two Carmel H.S. students for threats made against school

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CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — Police in Carmel have arrested two juveniles in connection with social media threats made against Carmel High School.

The juveniles, identified as Carmel High School students, were arrested for felony intimidation and taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

The threats surfaced last week after 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in Florida. Police and school administrators reassured students and their parents that they had investigated the threats.

Security plans will remain in place at Carmel High School on Tuesday with increased police protocol, though police say evidence shows the social media threats allegedly made by the students "were fabricated by both juveniles and they had no means to carry out the threats."

The interim superintendents of Carmel Clay Schools sent a letter Monday about the investigation and expectations as students return to school. The letter read, in part:

We will operate school on a normal schedule Tuesday and we will have enhanced security plans in place which will include additional police officers joining our four high school Carmel Police Student Resource Officers.

We understand these past several days have caused a tremendous amount of concern within our school family and the community. We want to assure you that Carmel Clay Schools and the Carmel Police are doing everything we can to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

We encourage parents to talk with their children and if they have any information regarding the recent threats please contact the Carmel Police at 317-571-2580.

In addition, we want our students to inform us of any safety concerns as part of our "see something say something" philosophy. This can be done anonymously through our electronic alert reporting system located in MyCCS.

Monday afternoon, the principal of Carmel's Prairie Trace Elementary school sent a letter to parents assuring them of the school's safety plan and that no threats had been made toward any Carmel elementary or middle school.