Student in custody after making threat against North Putnam High School

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BAINBRIDGE -- A student who allegedly made a written threat against North Putnam High School is in police custody.

In a post on the school Facebook page early Wednesday evening, Principal Jason Chew made the public aware of the issue.

Dear Community Members:

This afternoon (Wednesday, March 14) at approximately 1:30 PM, the Administration of North Putnam High School became aware of a written threat against our school.

The alleged threat was immediately investigated by North Putnam Administration along with assistance of the Roachdale Police Department, Bainbridge Police Department, and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. The student responsible for the threat was identified and isolated. The student was arrested by law enforcement officials and is in police custody.

We are thankful for the cooperation of parents and students in this matter, we know it takes all members of our community to keep our school safe. North Putnam Community Schools will not tolerate threats or intimidation, and will take action against those who interrupt the purpose of school.

Jason A. Chew


North Putnam High School

The student has not been identified by school or law enforcement officials. Should the subject turn out to be a minor, the information may not be made public.

No other information has been released as of 8:12 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • And yet the GHS incident was swept under the rug. Good to see NPHS taking swift action, though.

    -- Posted by Balding Eagle on Wed, Mar 14, 2018, at 10:23 PM
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    What happened with GHS?

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 8:40 AM
  • Obviously it wasn't a football or basketball player because if it would have been, NP wouldn't have done anything about it! I understand no releasing the name of the person yet but why as parents of NP students are we not being told what the threat was?

    -- Posted by putnamcountyproud on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 9:39 AM
  • Hmm threat on #NationalWalkout Day. That seems related, that is exactly why kids these days do not have the understanding of what authority is. If we would have set up something like that when i was a child it would have turned into #nationalsuspensionday or #parentswillbeatyouday. Every thing is so over sensationalized and these children just eat it up and copy it to get more hits on youtube. And more over adults and authority type figures praise them for their individuality. Keep doing that and things wont change.

    -- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 12:01 PM
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    I agree with "Oh My Goodness," with only 1 caveat: If you step back and watch how the administrators are reacting to these kinds of things (i.e. - the sanctuary movements, the LGBTQ stuff, black rights, and now this "national walkout day" or gun rights, etc.), you'll see that these situations' outcomes greatly depend on what the administrators do. It's basically a monkey-see-monkey-do thing.

    I saw something in the news a day or two ago about how a school over in Illinois wasn't going to have any of it and that any students caught pulling this crap would find a one-way ticket to suspension. Then I saw another piece about some other school (maybe here in Indiana?) that stressed the exact opposite approach and how they were even "encouraging their students to exercise their rights of political expression," or something like that... (I can't remember which schools these were.)

    The insidious message playing out for these impressionable / gullible teens is that when their authority figures can't come to a consistent conclusion on how best to approach all these situations, it's okay to do things like walk right out of your classes, yell and carry on at people who have different ideas than you do, maybe even riot and do whatever else it takes to ensure that your collective perception of what constitutes the overall "ideal" is forced onto others you label as being part of the overall problem. This is scary because that situation will have worse consequences when these kids missing a day of class. Just wait and see if this carries over into their adulthood because this stuff constitutes a form of training that they're undergoing.

    So the lesson here is that if your leadership can't unite on something and behave consistently, it will project a fracture of authority's power. Some would even argue that we're experiencing the breath before the societal anomy since every person involve in these things seems to have a different sense of what the ideal is that's being pushed with all these events. That's all-around bad for everyone, especially when the administration's ideals are clearly determined by their political beliefs (which should never determine outcomes in an educational environment).

    It's not the students that need disciplining here as much as it is their leadership that needs expulsion.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 2:02 PM
  • Maybe you need to be a school administrator, DQ, since you seem to know everything about everything. Just my 2 cents, buddy.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 10:03 PM
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    Thanks, Eric!

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Thu, Mar 15, 2018, at 10:19 PM
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