VANDALIA – Vandalia-Butler City Schools officials have moved to expel Morton Middle School seventh grader after the 12-year old boy allegedly made threats against a sixth grade student on Monday.
Superintendent Brad Neavin confirmed in a text message Saturday night that the district has moved to expel the student. The district also released a statement on the incident.
“First and foremost in our minds is the safety and security of our students. It is important for our students and their parents to understand we take them at their word when they make these threats. We will treat all threats seriously, taking immediate and decisive action to protect the safety and welfare of our students, staff and community,” Neavin said.
According to a police report filed by detectives with the Vandalia Division of Police, the incident began with several students yelling at the younger student on a school bus. After pulling the bus over to investigate the yelling, a student approached the bus driver and told her that the older student had threatened to bring a gun to school to shoot the student.
According to the alleged victim, the student called him a “son of ISIS” and asked the boy if he was going to bomb him.
The sixth grade student was interviewed by police and admitted to making threats against the student. When told by police that there was video of the incident, he said “I must have said it then if there’s video.” He subsequently wrote an apology letter to the student before being incarcerated at the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center.