HUNTLEY – A Union man has been charged with disorderly conduct after he made a fake bomb threat at Huntley High School, police said.
About 2 p.m. Saturday, Derek M. Habbley, 25, made threats to his cellphone service provider that he had a bomb in his backpack, police said. He provided a description of himself and his vehicle.
When officers arrived at the high school parking lot, they spoke with Habbley, who admitted to making the threats, police said.
Habbley was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing.
School property was sealed off so police could determine whether it was a legitimate threat.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Bomb Unit was called to the scene to inspect the backpack and vehicle. Dogs, a robot, an X-ray machine and bomb technicians were used during the investigation.
The backpack was stuffed with papers, books and pens, but there was nothing to indicate the presence of explosive materials, Deputy Chief Mike Klunk said.
About a dozen houses had to be evacuated, Klunk said, and a play scheduled for Saturday evening was canceled.
Students who were participating in a swim meet and bowling meet off campus who had their cars parked at the school were unable to get to their vehicles during the investigation, Klunk said. About 20 to 30 cars were parked.
The scene was cleared about 8:55 p.m.
Police sent out its first Nixle alert for the incident about 6:40 p.m.
Officers didn’t have Internet access at the scene, and they wanted to figure out as much as possible before sending out an alert, Klunk said.
Although safety is the primary concern, “We don’t want to jump the gun,” Klunk said.