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Suicidal WeBo student threatens others via social media

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating threats made by a suicidal juvenile at Western Boone Community School.

According to a media release issued Friday morning by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office began investigating the incident Thursday after receiving a report that a juvenile student had made threatening statements against members of the WeBo school corporation through SnapChat and phone messaging. 

A student came forward to school officials on Thursday regarding the mental health concerns of a fellow student. The reporting student advised that concerning statements of harm to the school were sent to them by another student. Those statements named one juvenile student, two teachers and an administrator as victims of harm. All of the victims were notified of the harmful statements against them and were provided resources.

At this time, the nature and validity of the statements are under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division. Updates about the investigation will be provided when available.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, the suspected student will not be allowed to attend school or school activities per the request of the school corporation. The sheriff’s office has provided mental health resources to the student and family.

Boone County Student Resource Deputies and Enforcement Deputies will provide extra security at Western Boone Junior-Senior High School until the investigation is complete.

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