ROLLING PRAIRIE — Authorities are investigating a threat directed at New Prairie Middle School on Friday.

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, an NPMS student received a text message from a number the student did not recognize on Thursday night. It included a direct threat to the safety and security of the school.

By mid-afternoon Friday, according to the sheriff’s department, the content of the text began to circulate among other students.

A school official was eventually made aware of the threat and as a result, the New Prairie United School Corp. opted to place the middle school on a “lockout.”

The sheriff’s department investigated the threat throughout the day Friday with additional law enforcement personnel, along with deputies, present in all the buildings within the school corporation.

A systemic dismissal at the middle school occurred as the investigation continued, and by 4:15 p.m. all students were either reunited with their parents/guardians or had boarded a school bus, according to the sheriff's department.

By late Friday afternoon, Deputy Bobby Greer and his explosives K-9 Argo had swept and secured the middle school.

The threat investigation, according to the sheriff’s department, is ongoing.

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