False Allegation Of Gun At School Put SDHS On Lockdown

Posted On February 20, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

South Dearborn High School file photo

South Dearborn High School
file photo

(Aurora, Ind.) – A made-up story had South Dearborn High School on lockdown for a short time Wednesday morning.

Now, two students are in trouble with the law in addition to facing school disciplinary action.

The high school in Aurora went on lockdown for about five minutes starting at about 11:00 a.m., South Dearborn Community Schools Superintendent Dr. John Mehrle tells Eagle 99.3.

According to Mehrle, two students had skipped class. When they were caught, they had fabricated an excuse that they heard another student had a gun at school.

“We acted quickly because the safety and protection of our students is one of our primary concerns,” Mehrle said.

Police were called to investigate and determined there was no threat. The students later admitted to making up the story about the gun.

Mehrle praised the quick response time of the law enforcement officers who arrived to investigate and assist. He also complimented the work of the building administrators and South Dearborn’s school resource officer.

The superintendent said the district was proactive in keeping parents abreast of the situation through the schools’ mass phone notification system