UPDATED AT 4:50 P.M. THURSDAY, AUG. 29
The Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged a 14 year old female Oswego East High School student in connection with a threat of violence posted on social media that was later deemed not credible.
Oswego Police said in a Thursday, Aug. 29 statement that the student is facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and has been referred to juvenile court. They said they are still investigating the case and further charges against other individuals also may be coming.
“Oswego Police take all reports involving threats very seriously and are dedicated to ensuring they are handled swiftly and appropriately,” the news release said.
Oswego Police were notified in the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 28 by Oswego School District 308 officials of a post on social media platform Snapchat about a potential threat of violence that was to occur at the school. Police were able to identify the involved individuals with the assistance of the school district, the release said.
Police learned during the investigation a student had posted a message on Snapchat about what they believed to be a threat of violence after a classmate had made a remark about mass murders. Another student also shared it through Snapchat, saying there was going to be a school shooting, and another student posted a message on the social media platform referencing a shooting in a related incident, according to the news release.
Police later determined there was no credible threat after the investigation and there was no danger to students, staff or the school, the statement said.
The school district also sent an email to all high school parents in the school district Wednesday evening. The text of the email reads as follows:
“Late this afternoon we were made aware of a social media post referencing a potential threat of violence at Oswego East High School. The information has been turned over to the police, who are actively involved in an investigation. We will update you with any additional information as it can be shared.
“This information is being sent to all high school parents in our district, in hopes that we can do everything possible to keep our schools a safe place, with students focused on learning. Please take time to talk with your student about the importance of notifying an adult at school immediately if they see or hear anything that is concerning or could cause harm to others. Also, discuss the seriousness of making threats, posting or sharing threats, even if the intent is not real, consequences will occur and can include criminal charges. The safety of our school is a top priority, and it is a shared responsibility that includes our students, staff, leaders, families, and law enforcement.
“Please help your student to remain positive about school, attending and engaging in academics and extracurricular activities. If you have any questions or concerns please call or email a member of your school’s administrative team. Our Student Services Departments are always available to assist and support students.”