On Aug. 30, Mt. Vernon Community Schools Corporation locked down its campus, which includes Fortville Elementary School, Mt. Vernon Intermediate School, Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon Middle School and Mt. Vernon Mini-Marauder Pre School, after a student reported to officials they saw a direct threat on social media about an armed assailant.
The threat regarded a former student threatening to commit acts of violence during dismissal with a current student, who may assist them. The school resource officer was immediately notified, and the SRO then notified the Fortville Police Dept. The campus was placed on lockdown, and FPD called in assistance from multiple agencies. Both the current and former student were located and detained for questioning off of the Mt. Vernon campus.
The campus then had a structured release, and student dismissal was delayed one hour and 45 minutes. There were 35 officers from nine different agencies on scene.
Participating agencies included FPD, Indiana State Police, Hancock County Sheriff’s Dept., Greenfield Police Dept., McCordsville Police Dept., Shirley Police Dept., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. and New Palestine Police Dept.
The investigation is ongoing.