Crime & Courts

Police: Threat to Woodstock High School a 'joke' that went too far

Former student, 18, who sent text apologized, wasn't charged

WOODSTOCK – Woodstock police have deemed there was no threat to Woodstock High School students' safety after investigating a text from a former student saying he had heard there was going to be a “massacre” at the school on Thursday.

Police Chief Robert Lowen said Woodstock police were informed about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday that an 18-year-old former high school student from unincorporated Woodstock had sent the text to a current student who lives in Crystal Lake and had asked if the student was planning to go to school.

The 18-year-old from Crystal Lake told his mother about the texts, Lowen said. They reported it to the Crystal Lake Police Department, where officers directed them to Woodstock police.

Lowen said the sender told police he was tremendously sorry, calling the texts a joke that went too far.

“We called in a detective who went to the home of the sender, talked to the parents and the youth and determined this was in fact a joke,” Lowen said. “The sender had no issues that would lead him to any acts of depression or violence.”

The detective and patrol officer who met with the sender determined that he was trying to get the Woodstock High School student to not to go to school Thursday so that they could hang out, the Woodstock Police Department said in a news release.

Lowen said police contacted Woodstock School District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan.

The 18-year-old was not charged, Lowen said.

As an added precaution, the Woodstock High School resource officer and on-duty patrol officers provided extra patrols in the area, the release said.

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