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McHenry police: Parkland student made school shooting comment on Snapchat

A Parkland School student made an inappropriate school shooting comment to a fellow classmate via Snapchat, according to the McHenry Police Department.

Police responded to the school, 1802 N. Ringwood Road, on Wednesday to speak with school officials about the matter. When police became aware of the comment, the school’s administration was immediately notified and a joint investigation was conducted, according to statement from Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh.

“During the investigation, it was learned [that] the student did not possess nor have access to any weapons. There was no immediate threat to the students, school staff or to the community,” Walsh 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.”

Walsh said investigators and McHenry School District 15 want to “assure parents, students and staff that all our community’s schools remain a safe environment.”

Parents and students are urged to inform police and school representatives about alarming behavior that has the potential to pose a risk to the community.

Because the student is a minor, police did not reveal his or her name.

Parkland School serves sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, according to its website.

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