Huntley police are investigating “racially motivated threats” made against a Lake in the Hills middle school student on Xbox Live.
The Huntley Police Department said that on Monday they became aware of “disparaging racial and threatening comments” that were sent to a Lake in the Hills middle school student on Xbox Live.
Huntley School District 158 officials notified police of the threats. Police have opened an investigation into the incident and several interviews have been conducted, authorities said. Police also said that a search warrant had been executed in connection with the investigation.
The Huntley Police Department is working the investigation in cooperation with the Huntley Community School District 158 and the Lake in the Hills Police Department, because of “possible involvement of current or former students within the schools in the area”, according to a statement released by police.
“The Huntley Police Department takes matters such as this extremely serious and will take appropriate actions to maintain the safety and well-being of our community,” officials said.
Lake in the Hills Police Deputy Chief Pat Boulden told the Northwest Herald that a former Marlowe Middle School student was charged with a hate crime in connection with threats made back in October towards this same student. Police Chief Boulden also told the Northwest Herald that it’s not clear yet who the offender is in this second incident.
No charges have been filed yet. The case is still under active investigation.