BROWNSBURG — Classes were back in session just a few hours after a Brownsburg High School junior falsely reported that he was attacked in a restroom at the school Monday morning.
Police and school personnel responded quickly to the report and instituted a “hard lockdown” of the entire school, meaning that students and staff could not leave the rooms where they were. A short time later, that was changed to a “soft lockdown,” meaning no one could leave the school, but they could move from one room to another, as needed.
It was determined that the student, rather than being attacked as he had reported, had inflicting the injuries onto himself. He reportedly had a laceration to his back, a bruised eye, and some other minor injuries and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment.
“We’ve interviewed a number of students, staff on site, and we also had our video that is very, very, very conclusive,” Brownsburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Jim Snapp said.
Brownsburg Police Det. Sgt. Jennifer Barrett said the student eventually admitted that the wounds were self inflicted and the lacerations were old scratches from a dog that he had ripped the scabs off. He struck himself in the face to cause the eye injury, she said.
Some Indianapolis media outlets had reported that a student had been stabbed, but school officials say that information was incorrect.
Snapp said false reporting charges were imminent.
“The school corporation plans to file charges against the student for false reporting and take all the appropriate legal steps so we can assure this does not happen again to disrupt the instructional day for our students,” Snapp said. “Our students have always been safe here and will continue to be safe here. They should remain in school and get the education they deserve and not be disrupted by the false report.”
False reporting carries a misdemeanor charge. Snapp said that the actions of the student will likely qualify as grounds for expulsion, but that decision has not yet been made.