One person in custody after threat made at Tippecanoe Valley High School

Photo courtesy of the Kosciusko County Sheriff\'s Office

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind.—One person was taken into custody on February 4 after allegedly making a threat to do harm at Tippecanoe Valley High School.

Around 9 p.m. on Monday, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department notified the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible school safety concern, according to police documents.

Fulton County Deputies had received information that a student posed a threat to do harm at the high school.

Officers proceeded to an address in Silver Lake to investigate the complaint.

During the investigation, officers decided to take 18-year-old David Helton into custody on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Helton was placed on a 48 hour Prosecutorial Hold.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies and Mentone Police Department personnel met with Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation administration on February 5, and following conversations with students and parents, decided that the immediate threat was resolved.

Sheriff Kyle P. Dukes reminds residents to contact law enforcement and school officials immediately if you see or hear anything related to the safety of school children.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation issued the following statement regarding the incident:

"On February 4, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC), received information from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office about a possible school safety issue. Due to the swift actions of the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office and cooperation with TVSC at no time were students at risk during school hours.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies are dedicated to the safety and well being of our staff, students, and the community. We would like to thank all involved for their immediate actions to resolve this recent incident.

TVSC and all law enforcement agencies involved would like to encourage any students or adults who learn of school safety concerns to contact the administration, law enforcement authorities or use the Safe School Zone! link on the TVSC Home web-page at Your reports are confidential and will be acted upon quickly."

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