A 13-year-old boy, who is a student at Parkland School in McHenry, has been arrested after making an “inappropriate school shooting-related comment,” police said.
The McHenry Police Department was called on February 21 to the McHenry Elementary School District’s Parkland School at 1802 North Ringwood Road in McHenry. School officials reported that a student made an inappropriate school shooting comment to his fellow classmates.
“When the school’s administration became aware of the comment, the student was brought to the school’s office and the police department was immediately notified,” authorities said. The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Elementary School District 15 launched an investigation into the incident.
Interviews were conducted with the 13-year-old boy and his parents, along with the school’s administration. The boy, whose name was not released because he’s a minor, was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct on March 2. He has since been removed from the school.
“The student did not possess nor have access to any weapons and there was no immediate threat to the students and school staff at Parkland School or to the community,” the McHenry Police Department said.
“The McHenry Police Department commends the administration of Parkland School in recognizing the seriousness of the student’s comments, swift action taken and cooperation with law enforcement,” the department added.