• Brownsburg High School student could be charged for false reporting

    September 18, 2012 No comments

    Brownsburg Schools officials intend to pursue a false reporting charge against a student who claimed he was attacked in a bathroom Monday morning, prompting a 90-minute lockdown at the high school.

    Superintendent Jim Snapp said,”(It was a) false report by a student who’s disrupted the educational environment for 2,200 students, so we’re going to take appropriate steps to make sure this does not ever happen again,”

    A junior boy was seen going into a school restroom just after 8:40 a.m., and about 15 minutes later, he came back out and fell to the floor, school officials said.

    The student suffered a black eye and cuts on his back and arms, police said. He was taken to Methodist Hospital.

    The student told police he had been attacked in the bathroom, but school surveillance video did not show anyone else entering the restroom, police said.

    Jennifer Pyatt-Barrett, with Brownsburg police said, “We can tell you that the student was not attacked in the Brownsburg Community School Corporation.”

    Police said the boy later admitted to inflicting the injuries on himself. The cuts on his arms were old scratches from a dog where he had scraped off the scabs, and he struck himself in the face to cause the eye injury, police said.

    The school issued a hard lockdown at 9:05 a.m. and students were not allowed to leave their classrooms. At 9:55 a.m., the lockdown status was changed to soft, and students were allowed to move about the building but not leave.

    Police surrounded the building and blocked exits for about 90 minutes after the boy was found. The lockdown was lifted later Monday morning.

    Snapp told WRTV-TV in Indianapolis that the district takes the matter very seriously and that officials are considering what action to take against the student, which can range from a verbal reprimand to expulsion.

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