Police Respond To Copycat Gun Threat At Bloomington South

The boy's lockers and belongings were searched, with no sign of weapons or ammunition.

Bloomington Police Officer

Photo: Emily Loftis / WFIU News

Police say they recovered several guns from the boy's house, none of which he owned.

Bloomington Police say a male student at Bloomington High School South allegedly told another student Monday of his plan to “break the record” – a reference to a school shooting which would exceed the 26 people killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut Friday.

The student who reported the threat to school officials says the male suspect also made remarks involving a firearm and specified the shooting was to take place Friday, December 21st.

School officials notified police, who searched the male student’s two lockers and backpack and didn’t find any weapons.  During questioning, the male student said he was “excited” about the shooting in Connecticut and felt powerful when he held a gun in his hands.

After acquiring a search warrant, police searched the student’s home yesterday, where he lives with his parents, and confiscated two shotguns, two rifles, two handguns and ammunition.

The student does not own the weapons.  Due to the male student’s status as a juvenile, no other details are being released in the case, which remains under investigation.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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