UNION TOWNSHIP – The Porter County Sheriff’s Office Police Department was called into action Wednesday and a student was taken into custody after he was found with two improvised explosive devices at Union Township Middle School, Porter County Police said.
Union Township School Corporation Superintendent John Hunter attributed the safe outcome to the collaboration between police and school personnel.
“The safety of our students and employees is of the utmost importance to Union Township School Corporation,” Hunter said. “The prompt action of our staff in conjunction with the Porter County Sheriff Police ensured the safety of everyone during the incident presented yesterday. This incident is another example of why it is important for anyone who sees or hears anything to speak up. We are fortunate we have a good working relationship with our first responders and are working with them to have resource officers in our schools.”
A school resource officer was notified at 12:17 p.m. Wednesday by an administrator about the possible explosives in the student’s backpack, Porter County Police Cpl. said Benjamin McFalls.
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The officer and administrators moved student classrooms near the backpack and secured the area until the bomb squad arrived, McFalls said.
“They have discovered and safely disposed of two improvised explosive devices,” he said of the squad.
A minor was arrested and, according to police, is charged with possession of a destructive device.