7th grader charged with threatening to “shoot up” school in Indiana

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A boy in the seventh grade was charged Wednesday with threatening to shoot up his school in Porter County, Indiana.

The 14-year-old boy threatened to carry out the shooting at Boone Grove Elementary and Middle School, according to the Porter County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was overheard talking to other students on the bus that morning about the movie, “The Purge” and having his own “list,” the sheriff’s office said. Later in the day, he was heard talking to himself during class, stating, “I hate all you guys, I’m going to bring an AR and shoot the school.”

His peers overheard the threats and notified teachers, the sheriff’s office said. No weapons were found on the boy, in his locker or at home.

The boy, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was charged with a felony count of intimidation, the sheriff’s office said.

He was taken into custody and was being held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.

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