WHEATON – Wheaton police detectives investigating an alleged social media threat against St. Francis High School in Wheaton have determined no threat was made.
"They found a substantial amount of conversations among students, parents and other people on social media about an alleged threat, but the extensive investigation has concluded that no threat was ever made," a news release from the city of Wheaton stated.
On Aug. 26, the Wheaton Police Department was notified by a concerned St. Francis parent of a rumor circulating on social media, according to the release. The Police Department immediately notified St. Francis administrators and began an investigation, the release stated.
Although the alleged statement was not threat specific, it was cause for concern to the school and Police Department, according to the release. Detectives conducted multiple interviews with school staff and students, including the student accused of making the comment, as well as an extensive analysis of all forms of electronic communication, including social media, the release stated.
On Aug. 29, the family members of the student in question voluntarily withdrew the student from St. Francis because they felt it was in the best interest of all parties, according to the release.
"Throughout the course of the police investigation, it was clear that there was no criminal conduct on the part of this student," police said in the release.