Police: Teen’s online threat toward Sycamore school deemed not credible
SYCAMORE – Police determined Friday that an online threat made against a Sycamore school was not credible.
Purporting to be a female high school student from Sycamore, a 15-year-old DeKalb male made comments Friday night on a website including accusations of bullying and threats of using a firearm against peers, said Sycamore Police Lt. Darrell Johnson. A photo of a firearm also was included with the online posting.
A resident of another state saw the posting on the Internet and alerted local police, who responded immediately, Johnson said. Sycamore Police and Sycamore School District 427 worked quickly to respond to the incident, and the Internet provider address of the juvenile was identified, he said.
A couple of hours after the comments were made, DeKalb Police assisted Sycamore investigators in locating the juvenile, who is not a registered high school student in DeKalb County, Johnson said.
The juvenile had no intent to carry out the threat and no means to do so. The photo of the firearm was taken from another website, Johnson said.
Sycamore Superintendent Wayne Riesen said parents and staff members were notified of the incident via email and telephone messages to dispel rumors and inform them the threat was deemed not credible.
Johnson said the investigation remains ongoing and the teenager is being referred to the juvenile court system.
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