A 16-year-old Woodstock North High School student has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after authorities said the boy threatened to bring a gun to school.
At 9 p.m. Thursday, the Woodstock Police Department received a report that a student at the school overheard a conversation between other students.
“In that conversation, the student heard what appeared to be threats involving a firearm and was directed toward Woodstock North High School,” Woodstock police wrote in a news release sent Friday.
Police immediately opened an investigation into the alleged threats and interviewed several students involved.
“It was learned that a 16-year-old male student allegedly made threatening statements involving bringing a firearm to the school to cause harm,” police said.
It soon was determined that the juvenile did not appear to have access to any firearms, police said.
Detectives searched for the teen throughout the night and found him early Friday in Wonder Lake. He was taken into custody.
Working with Woodstock School District 200 officials and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, authorities charged the juvenile with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony.
The teen was taken to a juvenile detention center in St. Charles and will remain in custody until a 9 a.m. detention hearing Monday, according to the release.
Woodstock police provided a heavy presence at Woodstock North High School during the investigation, authorities said.
“Woodstock police and District 200 representatives are cooperatively investigating the incident. Disciplinary procedures are underway, and the student will not be returning to Woodstock North or District 200 schools,” District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan said in a statement posted on the district’s website.