Officials investigate threat to Jasper student

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JASPER — Greater Jasper Superintendent Tracy Lorey says authorities have investigated a threat directed at a student and have determined there was no malicious intent by the sender.

Jasper Middle School administrators were made aware that a student sent a picture of a gun with a threatening statement to another student, Lorey said in a media release Tuesday. An investigation into the threat and a formal threat assessment were completed by school administrators. The Jasper Police Department was also contacted.

The student alerting authorities did the right thing by reporting the issue, according to the superintendent. Students are always encouraged to follow a “See Something, Say Something” approach with safety concerns.

Lorey said the use of technology and social media as a means to harass or intimidate is not a laughing matter and will result in both school and legal consequences for students who choose to make the choice to do so.

A Jasper Middle School Block Party was held as scheduled Tuesday evening after school officials said there was no concern for the safety of participants.

Lorey issued a follow-up statement today, stating that, after further investigation by Jasper police and additional information regarding the interaction between the students, it was determined that there was no malicious intent by the sender.

Again, Lorey added, it is always important for students to report to an adult any information that creates a safety concern.

“A ‘See Something, Say Something’ approach is always the best way to ensure concerns are investigated and properly vetted,” Lorey stated in her update. “We take every report seriously and will work to ensure the safety of our students and staff members as it is our utmost priority.

“We encourage parents to talk with their children about the appropriate use of social media and the many consequences that result in inappropriate use.”

Lorey said the school corporation appreciates the swift action taken by the Jasper Middle School administration and Jasper police on the matter.

“Our students continue to be in a safe learning environment with the support of many stakeholders to ensure their success,” Lorey stated.

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