August 30, 2017
On December 17th, 2015, Plainfield schools closed early for winter break. This seemingly joyous occasion was marred by online threats of a “blood bath” by Facebook user Brian Kil. The Plainfield Police Department worked hand in hand with the FBI to find out who was behind the facade.
“I want to leave a trail of death and fire at Plainfield,” read one statement. Another claimed, “I have in my posession, 3 homemade pipe bombs, 2 handguns, and 1 semi auto rifle.” By the time PHS reconvened from break on January 4th, 2015, multiple students had been questioned about the threats, but they were cleared. Every lead was a dead end for this specific case.
After almost two whole years, the Plainfield community is finally getting a sigh of relief. On August 8th, 2017 Buster Hernandez of Bakersfield, California was arrested for threats of using explosives and for the sexual exploitation of a child. Hernandez is currently being held in California but will soon be brought to Indiana to be charged. The mandatory minimum sentencing for his case is 15 years, but if he is fully convicted, Hernandez is expected to face a maximum sentence of 30 years.