West Harrison student arrested after texting, ‘A shooter at the school,’ sheriff says

West Harrison High School
West Harrison High School Sun Herald / 2009

As the power went off at West Harrison High School, a 16-year-old student a text message to several friends that said, “A shooter at the school.”

Some of the friends were on school buses heading back to campus about 10:30 a.m. after a field trip.

The student sent the texts during an electrical power outage on campus, “which put everybody into a tizzy,” Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

Students on buses alerted their drivers, who alerted school resource officers. Officials re-routed the buses to other schools while officers identified the student, who was on campus, Peterson said.

Deputies arrested the juvenile on a misdemeanor charge of disturbance of a public school session.

Deputies turned the student over to Harrison County Youth Court.

The text messages were not related to the power outage, and no students were in harm’s way, the sheriff said.

The school has been experiencing intermittent power issues believed to be caused by an accident near the school earlier this week, said Trang Pham Bui, spokeswoman for the Harrison County School District.

The power issues have not disrupted classes, she said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews