Knives Found on Unknown Teen Arrested at Reitz High School Wednesday

EVSC tells 44News that the administration was made aware of the teen intruder after some students reported they did not recognize him and that he was attempting to blend in as a student.

Posted: Dec 1, 2021 9:40 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 12:10 PM

A suspicious person was arrested and removed from Reitz High School Wednesday morning after students reported the unknown teen to school officials, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation said.

EVSC later sent an email to parents Wednesday afternoon informing Reitz parents of the incident.

This comes just one day after several people died in a school shooting in Michigan.

EVSC tells 44News that the administration was made aware of the teen intruder after some students reported they did not recognize him and that he was attempting to blend in as a student.

A concerned parent sent 44News photos taken by her daughter of the strange teen sitting in the cafeteria during her lunch period.

According to the statement sent out by EVSC, after students reported him to school officials, the teen was "...walked to the office and the EVSC-PD school resource officer placed him into custody without incident."

After questioning, investigators discovered the teen was not enrolled at the high school, rather, he had been expelled from a school district in a neighboring county.

The statement goes on to say "...EVSC-PD and EPD will continue to investigate this situation and this individual will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

About an hour after first informing parents of the incident, EVSC later sent out an update that investigators found two pocket knives in the teen's backpack. EVSC said no threats were made and the teen handed the knives over to investigators. However, the discovery of the blades will be added to the teen's charges.

44News reached out to several parents who say the incident left their kids shaken. They said, while they're relieved the teen was removed before anything could happen, they're wondering how he was able to walk into the school, and if he could get in, what's stopping a potential armed shooter from doing the same.

The EVSC said it appeared that a current student at the school may have helped the teen intruder get inside. They say that if that turns out to be the case, that the student who assisted in the intruder's entry will face "serious school and legal consequences."

This is an ongoing investigation and 44News will continue to work on bringing you more information as it comes out.

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