News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 15, 2014

Two Honey Creek students charged in fake bomb threat

Facing class-D felony charge

TERRE HAUTE — Two Honey Creek Middle School students — an eighth-grader and a sixth-grader — were arrested Thursday on a class-D felony charge of false informing.

The two, who are brothers, told a school protection officer at the middle school they had heard there was a bomb in the building, said Clark Cottom, chief deputy sheriff of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Police, after an investigation of the threat made about 7:35 a.m. Thursday, concluded it was a hoax; however, officers did a secondary search of the school as a precaution, said Danny Tanoos, superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp.

“The two students were not telling the truth. They made this up and were arrested and taken to the juvenile center,” Tanoos said. “The sheriff’s department and the school corporation will not tolerate threats on the school or anything that is a hoax that would scare our students, our staff or citizens.”

The two students were brought to the school office and were placed in separate rooms. Detective Sgt. Frank Shahadey of the sheriff’s department and Cottom talked to the students.

“Their stories varied somewhat. The more we talked to them, the more the stories varied,” Cottom said. “Because the stories were breaking down, we felt that we were dealing with a hoax. We felt at that time, the [school] building was safe.”

Cottom said that “after speaking to [the two students] for some time, they finally did admit that they had made up the bomb threat.”

“Their statement to police was that they just did not want to attend school. So, they thought that this would be a good way to get school released,” Cottom said.

Cottom said “in this day and age, making threats at a school is just not tolerated. Fortunately, we have staff, we have training and we have drills. In fact, we are getting ready to conduct a drill next week with the school corporation to prepare for these types of events.”

Tanoos, police and school staff rushed to the school building. “We did not evacuate because Shahadey, Cottom, myself and staff felt pretty quickly that it was not true,” Tanoos said. “But still, we had to do our due diligence and follow our protocols ... to ensure the school was safe.”

The superintendent said arresting the students “shows we are not in any way tolerate any threat, whether real or a hoax, on our students, staff or community. We have to treat these very seriously to send that message out to the next group who might think they are going to something like this,” Tanoos said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: Gaza City Shelling Attack Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism Legendary Actor James Garner Dies US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News