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McHenry West High School student charged after threatening to shoot up school

McHenry West High School Campus | Photo by District 156.

A 15-year-old student at McHenry West High School was arrested and charged after police said he threatened to shoot up the school.

The McHenry Police Department said they began investigating on Tuesday after the student made the comment to a fellow classmate. The school’s administration became aware of the comment and the student was brought the school’s office.

A joint investigation between the McHenry Police Department and McHenry Community High School District 156 was initiated. The student involved was removed from the school, taken into custody and transported to the McHenry Police Department.

Investigators conducted interviews with the student, his parents and school administration. The student, who is only being identified by police as a 15-year-old boy, was charged with felony disorderly conduct and transported to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

“The student did not possess nor have access to any weapons and there was no immediate threat to the students and school staff at McHenry West Campus or to the community,” the McHenry Police Department said.

“We commend the actions of individuals who come forward with information of this type in a swift manner. These cases are taken very seriously by our school districts and police department,” McHenry Police Department added.


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