In the age of information and technology, it’s crucial to teach your children the difference between a harmless joke and a potential threat. Unfortunately for everyone involved, a student in Indiana was arrested last week when the lines between the two were blurred. Ultimately, police investigated the situation and determined the alleged threat wasn’t credible, but a lot of harm was done in the process.
The 13-year-old boy has been identified as a student of Chesterton Middle School. The 13-year-old was allegedly bored and was playing around with his smartphone’s AI feature Siri. He allegedly told the AI, “I am going to shoot up a school.”
Siri responded by feeding the boy a list of nearby schools. He immediately took a screenshot of Siri’s response to his threat, and he made the decision to post it up onto social media. Several concerned individuals noticed the post on his page, and they reached out to authorities to investigate.
Detectives later confronted the youngster about what he is now calling a “joke.” Police were forced to temporarily arrest the child, but they quickly realized the threat wasn’t credible. The child did not have any access to weapons, and authorities don’t believe that the boy actually intended to carry out any violence. He was simply enthralled with the shocking response from his AI pal, Siri, and wanted to share the post with his friends online.
The 13-year-old was initially charged with intimidation and held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
While authorities are relieved that the situation turned out not to be a real threat, they are still warning the public about taking similar actions. The Valparaiso Police Department explained how they take these types of online threats very seriously, so it’s really not worth making these types of jokes.