Suburban Police Continue To Deal With Threats Against High Schools

Bernie Tafoya
November 01, 2018 - 8:34 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Even after a teenager was charged early this week with making a phony threat against his south suburban high school, police in two other suburbs had to deal with the same thing in the days to follow.  

Police and school officials continue to hammer home the message: Anyone who makes even a hoax threat against a school should realize the consequences are serious and real.

"They’re certainly disruptive. Obviously, we logged a lot of hours over the weekend investigating our cases," said Flossmoor Police Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter. 

He said those responsible for, even, phony threats of violence against schools need to realize that digital fingerprints will lead back to them. 

"We will find out where that computer was or who that cellphone belongs to that was used," Kamleiter said.

Kamleiter goes on to add that, "kids need to understand today that, the minute they hit the “enter” on their keyboard, that that item is sent out there and one, it’s out there permanently and two, it’s retrievable."

Consequences can include being charged with felonies, as well as school suspensions or expulsions. Deputy Chief Kamleiter said those charges can affect the pranksters in the future as they attempt to get into colleges or apply for jobs.

Last weekend, Flossmoor police said a teenager charged with making a threat against Homewood-Flossmoor High School had taken a dare made by fellow online gamers from the East Coast. Now, he’s facing felonies. 

There were also, what turned out to be, non-existent threats made at Nequa Valley and Jacobs high schools in Naperville and Algonquin this week.