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McHenry School District 15 teen charged in connection with school shooting comment

13-year-old boy attends Parkland School

McHENRY – A 13-year-old McHenry School District 15 student was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he made a comment to classmates regarding a school shooting.

McHenry police responded Feb. 21 to Parkland School, 1802 N. Ringwood Road, to begin an investigation into the incident, and the student was charged Friday with felony disorderly conduct, according to a news release from McHenry police.

The boy, who police won’t name because of his age, allegedly made an inappropriate comment related to school shootings, police said. When school administration became aware of the comment, the student was brought to the office and police were notified.

McHenry police conducted interviews with the student, his parents and school administration. An investigation revealed that the student did not possess or have access to weapons, and students and staff are not in danger, police said.

“The McHenry Police Department commends the administration of Parkland School in recognizing the seriousness of the student’s comments, swift action taken and cooperation with law enforcement,” Deputy Police Chief Tom Walsh said. “As this investigation has concluded, the police department, District 15 and Parkland School want to assure parents, students and staff that all our community’s schools remain a safe environment for learning.”

The teen has been removed from school, and disciplinary action will be taken, Walsh said.

Police urge the community to inform school representatives and police about alarming behavior that could pose a risk.

Parkland School is one of McHenry’s two middle schools in District 15. It has a total enrollment of about 800 students, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

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