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Wauconda High School student arrested after graphic school shooting rant

'I will show you what a school shooter is,' former Island Lake resident said in Snapchat video

Carston H. Goodson, 18, of the 300 block of West Main Street, Yates City, faces a felony charge after sending a graphic video to 40 Wauconda High School students threatening a school shooting, according to a news release from the Wauconda Police Department.
Carston H. Goodson, 18, of the 300 block of West Main Street, Yates City, faces a felony charge after sending a graphic video to 40 Wauconda High School students threatening a school shooting, according to a news release from the Wauconda Police Department.

WAUCONDA – A former Island Lake resident and Wauconda High School student was arrested Tuesday night after he sent a video via Snapchat threatening to carry out a school shooting.

Carston H. Goodson, 18, of the 300 block of West Main Street, Yates City, faces a felony charge after sending a graphic video to 40 Wauconda High School students threatening a school shooting, according to a news release from the Wauconda Police Department.

"He is currently enrolled as a student but has not shown up to classes for three weeks," Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes said. Goodson's family is local.

Goodson recently moved to Yates City, a suburb of Peoria, Wermes said. It's not clear why Goodson moved.

About 1 p.m. Tuesday, students alerted Wauconda High School administrators that the video had been sent.

“I will show you what a school shooter is," Goodson allegedly said in the video, which consists of a continuous, graphic rant sent to students during school hours via Snapchat.

District 118 officials worked with Wauconda police to ensure students' safety and to preserve any evidence, according to the release.

"This partnership prevented major disruption to the school day," the release stated.

Goodson was arrested just after 7 p.m. at his parents' home in the 700 block of Wood Creek Court in Island Lake and charged with disorderly conduct.

If convicted, Goodson faces one to three years in prison.

"District 118 continues to encourage all parents to discuss with their children the importance of appropriately using technology at all times and especially social media," Superintendent Daniel J. Coles said in an alert.

School counselors and administrators will be available to students to provide support or discuss the situation, the alert said.

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