Crime & Courts

Woodstock North High School student arrested in connection with gun picture, threat

An investigation revealed the teen never had a gun

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock North High School student was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sent a threatening message and picture of a gun to a classmate via social media.

A Woodstock School District 200 parent informed high school officials of the message Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the district.

High school officials contacted the Woodstock Police Department’s school resource officer, who worked with detectives to find and interview the student and his guardian. Police completed a comprehensive threat assessment and searched the teen’s home.

The investigation revealed that the teen had sent a photo from the internet and never actually had a gun or any other weapon, Woodstock police said.

Police charged the 17-year-old boy with disorderly conduct and released him to his guardian’s custody.

The name of the alleged offender has not been released because of his age.

“In an effort to make juveniles fully aware of the consequences that could occur, the Woodstock Police Department strongly recommends that parents discuss with their children the effects of conducting alarming or disturbing actions,” Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb wrote in a statement.

The student has been removed from the school pending disciplinary proceedings that could result in suspension or expulsion, District 200 officials said.

“There is never a time when school threats are appropriate,” District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan said in a statement. “But obviously there is a heightened sense of concern among staff, students, police and parents following last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida. We took appropriate actions as quickly as possible to ensure student safety.”

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