ELMHURST – A 17-year-old York Community High School student has been charged with a felony after allegedly making a threat against the Elmhurst school via Snapchat, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
The student appeared at a detention hearing March 23, where Judge Michael Wolfe ordered she be held in custody. The juvenile has been charged with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, the release stated. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.
It is alleged that on March 22, the teen sent the threatening Snapchat message directed at the school to a classmate, according to the release. Authorities were made aware of the Snapchat message the same day, and the teen was taken into custody that evening.
“This is the third time within the past month that my office has charged a student with making a threat against a DuPage County School,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Students have got to learn that threatening a school is no joking matter. My office takes any threat to the wellbeing of our students, teachers and school personnel very seriously and will fully investigate and prosecute anyone believed responsible for threatening a school."
This arrest comes after the report of another threat allegedly made against York last summer.
An adult recently reported to Elmhurst police that a relative who is a student at York said a male student told her in August 2017 there would be a shooting March 23, 2018, at the school, according to a March 21 Elmhurst Police Department news release.
Despite the alleged threat, York held classes March 23, with a heightened police presence both March 22 and 23 at the school. All students also were told to be prepared to show their IDs when they entered the building.
"Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow," Superintendent David Moyer said in a statement posted March 22 to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205's website and social media pages.
A 16-year-old Downers Grove South High School student also was charged March 15 with transmitting a threat of violence to a school, a Class 4 felony, after he allegedly sent a threatening text message March 12 to a classmate he felt was bullying him, according to a previous State's Attorney's Office news release.
The teen was released to home detention March 19, and he is scheduled to appear in DuPage County Court for a status hearing April 20, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for the State's Attorney's Office.
A 16-year-old Lake Park High School student also is accused of sending a threat Feb. 23 against his school via Snapchat, according to a Feb. 27 State's Attorney's Office news release.
Authorities were made aware of the message, and the teen was taken into custody Feb. 26. He was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, the release stated.