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Crime & Courts

Cicero police charge student with 'contributing' to school shooting threat

CICERO – A student has been charged with felony disorderly conduct in connection with an unsubstantiated threat against Cicero School District 99, according to a district news release.

The juvenile allegedly contributed to the threat via Snapchat, the release stated.

At 3:05 p.m. Oct. 4, the district received a phone call from a parent who said he overheard from his child there would be a school shooting Oct. 5, according to a phone message from the district.

The district later announced the Cicero Police Department had found no evidence to support the reported threat.

"The police has no evidence to support the allegation – regardless we are taking all precautions just to be safe," the district commented just before midnight Oct. 5 on a Suburban Life Media Facebook post, in response to several comments by concerned parents. "Safety of students is our priority. Heightened security tomorrow and all safety precautions will be taken."

The charged student has been released. The district said in its release the student is "receiving proper treatment and follow up by the school and family."

A second student also was questioned after allegedly making inappropriate comments. The district has taken disciplinary action, according to the release.

In response to the incident, police heightened security at the district, schools initiated their crisis teams "to ensure the safety and mental health of all students," and social workers were available for debriefing and counseling at every school, the release stated.

"We thank the parents and students for their understanding and cooperation, and the police for their immediate response to resolve this matter," the district said in the release. "It is the priority of our district to ensure the safety of all students and provide a quality education."

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