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Police say a juvenile suspect has been identified and referred for charges after sending messages indicating a shooting threat at Highland Park High School.

The Highland Park Police Department responded Thursday to Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Avenue in Highland Park, for a report of a threat.

City officials said officers were told that two students had received text messages indicating the threat of a shooting at the high school.

The texts were apparently received Wednesday evening.

School staff informed the police immediately upon learning of the information, city officials said.

Police were first made aware of the threat around 12 p.m. Thursday and responded with additional staff to initiate the investigation.

Investigators on Friday identified the source of the messages and determined a juvenile student was responsible for sending them.

The student told investigators the messages were not meant to be taken seriously.

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A preliminary investigation shows the student did not have the intent and did not possess the means to carry out the threat mentioned in the messages, city officials said.

Police made a referral to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Juvenile Division for charges.

City officials say they cannot provide further information due to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act.

The state’s attorney’s office also told Lake and McHenry County Scanner they could not comment on the matter because it involved a juvenile.

Authorities also reminded the public it is important to report concerns or threats as soon as possible to law enforcement by calling 911 and not delay in reporting threats.