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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Glenbard East High School Student Charged With Threatening School

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PRESS RELEASE FROM DUPAGE COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE: DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that a male Glenbard East student has been charged with posting a threatening Snapchat video.

The video was directed at his school. 

The juvenile appeared in Juvenile Court this afternoon where Judge Robert Anderson ordered the juvenile be released to the custody of his parents on home detention.

On Nov. 12, 2018, Lombard police received information regarding a threatening Snapchat video post in which a male was allegedly seen holding a gun while threatening “1, 2, 3, all the kids will leave. They’re not so cool because I’ll shoot up the school”. An investigation into the post led by the Lombard Police Department led to the juvenile as the person who allegedly made the post. He was taken into custody later the same day without incident.

“As I have said many times in the past, students have got to learn that any threatening message directed at a school is not a joke,” Berlin said. “Any threat made against a school, whether made in jest or not, will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Make no mistake, once we identify the source of any threat, charges will be filed accordingly. I would like to thank the Lombard Police Department for their work in quickly identifying the defendant in this case. I would also like to thank Assistants State’s Attorneys Adam Frahm and Rob Willis for their efforts on this case.”

“School safety continues to be a top priority of my administration,” Newton said. “Teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn if while in school they are fearful for their safety. Once again, I commend my officers for their outstanding work not only in this case but for their ongoing efforts in keeping our schools safe. I would also thank the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance and assistance in this case.”

The juvenile has been charged with two counts of False Report of a Threat to a School, a Class 4 Felony. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 21, 2018 in front of Judge Anderson.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the juvenile’s guilt. The juvenile is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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