Crime & Courts

McHenry West High School student arrested after threatening to shoot up school, police say

Police arrested a 15-year-old McHenry West High School student Tuesday after police said the student threatened to shoot up the school.

The student, who did not have a weapon or access to one, allegedly made the comment to a fellow classmate, according to a news release from the McHenry Police Department. The comment included the threat of a school shooting, McHenry police public affairs officer Patrick Polidori said.

School administrators immediately notified the school resource officer, who also is a McHenry police officer, according to a news release from McHenry police. There was no immediate threat to the students or staff, the release stated.

The student has been charged with felony disorderly conduct and taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center. Details about future court appearances were not available.

The student was removed from the school and taken to the McHenry Police Department after a joint investigation by the police department and McHenry High School District 156, according to the release.

The school district sent two letters to parents regarding the situation – one notifying them of the investigation and a second after the student had been arrested.

“As an update to the incident this morning regarding a safety concern at West Campus, a student has been arrested by the McHenry Police Department as a result,” district officials said in the letter. “We continue to remain confident that student and staff safety has not been jeopardized, and we will continue to work with local law enforcement. We again appreciate the cooperation and support of our community in keeping our schools safe.”

Tuesday’s threat was the second of its nature that McHenry police have dealt with in the past week. A Parkland School student was accused of making an inappropriate school shooting comment to a classmate via Snapchat on Feb. 20, police said.

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