The Huntley Police Department has charged a 13-year-old Huntley juvenile for making threats towards a middle school and for making racist threats on Xbox Live.
The 13-year-old juvenile, who is a Huntley resident, was charged with disorderly conduct for making threats towards Marlowe Middle School (class 4 felony), obstructing a peace officer (class A misdemeanor), harassment by electronic communication (class 4 felony), hate crime (class 4 felony), and disorderly conduct (class C misdemeanor).
The McHenry County States Attorney’s Office approved the charges and the juvenile is currently being held at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center.
The charges come following an investigation by the Huntley Police Department and Lake in the Hills Police Department into racist threats made on Xbox Live towards another student early last week. While police were investigating those racist threats, they uncovered threats made against Marlowe Middle School in Lake in the Hills which prompted extra police presence last Friday at the school.
The juvenile that has been charged in this incident is not the same person that had been previously charged in the hate crime at Marlowe Middle School in October, police said.
Police would not release specific information because the case involves juveniles. No additional suspects are being sought.
“The public is reminded that comments made via electronic means have consequences. 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,” the Huntley Police Department said.
“The Huntley Police Department would like to thank the Lake in the Hills Police Department, Huntley Community School District 158, and the McHenry County States Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this matter.”