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Marengo Community High School student arrested following threat against school, police say

File Photo – Marengo Community High School | Photo: Google Street View.

A 17-year-old student was arrested and charged following a social media post that made a threat towards the Marengo Community High School, police said.

The Marengo Police Department received multiple calls Monday reporting the post on a social media platform.

The post contained a “possible threat directed towards” the Marengo Community High School, located at 110 Franks Road in Marengo, according to Marengo Police Department Sgt. Andrew Kjellgren.

Kjellgren said that the police department was able to quickly identify and locate the source of the social media post.

The offender in the incident, a 17-year-old boy, was subsequently arrested and transported to Marengo Police Department for processing.

He was later transported to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center pending a detention hearing.

The 17-year-old, whose identity is not being released due to him being a juvenile, was charged with one count of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony.

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“The Marengo Police Department takes any threat like this very seriously. At this time, it’s believed that no threat to the public or school exists,” Kjellgren said in a statement.

Police will conduct extra patrols and security around the school. No additional information about the social media post itself has been released by police.

“The Marengo Police Department wishes to thank the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance and to remind the public to report anything suspicious,” Kjellgren said.