Police Arrest 13-Year-Old Who Told Siri He Wanted to 'Shoot Up a School'
Boy tells iPhone’s virtual assistant his intentions before being caught by police
A 13-year-old boy from Indiana was arrested after he told iPhone’s virtual assistant, Siri, that he was “going to shoot up a school.”
Valparaiso, Indiana police released a statement on Facebook saying that the boy said to Siri, “I am going to shoot up a school.”
The boy reportedly then shared a screenshot of his statement and Siri’s response to his statement his social media, which prompted several of his social media friends to report to police.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Police also arrested a second boy, 14 years old, who was involved in the incident.
He reportedly supplied pictures of weapons that were posted on social media, though he didn't have access to the weapons at the time of the post and denied posting any threats.
Due to the boy's location, several schools in the Valparaiso area were identified.
The Valparaiso Police Department stated the boy “made no direct threat to a specific person, school, or school system.”
They also declared they boy did not have any access to weapons, stating:
“It has since been discovered the male has no access to weapons and posted the picture on social media as a joke.”
Responding to school shooting threats is a priority for local police departments nationwide.
There were more than 3,380 shooting threats in the school year 2017 to 2018, up 62 percent from the previous school year, according to a study by Educator’s School Safety Network.
In the month following the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, police from Indiana to New York to Florida reported a surge in school shooting threats, many of which were pranks.
The boy is now being detained on a charge of Intimidation at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
Valparaiso Police Department says the incident remains under investigation.
Last year, a proposed new bill for a change in New York law would require gun owners in the state to open up their social media accounts and online search history to authorities when applying for, or renewing, their handgun license.