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Former Glenbard East student pleads not guilty in mass shooting threat

Michael Santoro, 19, of Lombard was charged May 22 with one count of disorderly conduct after a friend told police that he allegedly had made "plans of a violent nature" against his alma mater, Glenbard East High School.
Michael Santoro, 19, of Lombard was charged May 22 with one count of disorderly conduct after a friend told police that he allegedly had made "plans of a violent nature" against his alma mater, Glenbard East High School.

LOMBARD – A former Glenbard East High School student who was charged with disorderly conduct after investigators uncovered his plot to conduct a mass shooting at the school's graduation ceremony pleaded not guilty in court Monday, according to media reports.

Michael Santoro, 19, of Lombard, was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct; this carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, but also could be punishable by probation.

In February, Santoro revealed his plans to an acquaintance who later came forward and contacted officials. He was arrested and charged May 22 following an investigation.

According to media reports, Santoro kept a journal with plans for a shooting at the Glenbard East graduation ceremony because he was upset at not having been allowed to graduate last year.

He was acquiring ammunition and had obtained a tactical vest and aerial photographs of the school, according to reports.

He is currently being held at DuPage County Jail on $50,000 bond. He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition without a valid firearm owners identification card.

Santoro will next appear in court July 22.

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