Wrong student arrested in bomb threat

A Center Grove student who falsely confessed to school administrators about making a bomb threat at the high school didn’t understand what he or she was admitting to, and school officials never should have had the student arrested by school police, the county prosecutor said.

The student was taken to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center in Franklin, and the case was referred to the prosecutor’s office, all after a confession that school officials should have known wasn’t true, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Center Grove is the only Johnson County school district with its own police department, and school officials said in news releases and emails that the police department was a part of the investigation into the April 15 bomb threat from the beginning, though they won’t detail how the school police department was involved.

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