MCCSC Cracking Down on Copycat Crimes

Monroe County Community School Corporation officials are cracking down on any copycat crimes.

Following last week’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Monroe County Community School Corporation officials are cracking down on any threat of a possible copycat crime.

In the wake of the Connecticut shooting, the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s School and Community Services Director Beverly Smith says the district is paying special attention to students’ language while in school.

“On Monday, unfortunately, there was a student that did make a threat as related to that particular incident,” Smith says. “Some students overheard it after school and went straight in and told administration.”

Police say the student who made the threat exhibited a desire for power through the use of guns. IU Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services Director Nancy Stockton says that’s not unusual.

“The most recent perpetrators of these terrible crimes appear to have bonified diagnosis of mental illness,” Stockton says. “Some of them seem to be acting under delusional beliefs or hallucinations or command hallucinations.”

The student implicated in the Monday event at Bloomington High School South has been suspended from school indefinitely.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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