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Genoa police, school district say bomb threat to high school not credible

'We think it was sent by mistake,' Genoa police say

Genoa police were stationed outside Genoa-Kingston High School on Monday afternoon in Genoa after a threat was made on social media Saturday.
Genoa police were stationed outside Genoa-Kingston High School on Monday afternoon in Genoa after a threat was made on social media Saturday.

GENOA – A bomb threat made against Genoa-Kingston High School over the weekend has led to an increased security presence in the district but did not lead to classes being canceled Monday.

The threat was made via social media Saturday from a recently created Twitter account to a school employee. It said “going to blow up gkhs on Monday after noon at 12 p.m.”

Police were notified Sunday. It is one of five tweets from the account, which has no name or photo associated with it.

“The police department takes this threat very seriously and has taken several steps to secure the safety of everyone at the school,” Genoa police said in a post on Facebook. “An increased police presence will be at the school all day. The other schools will also have a noticeable police presence.”

Police searched the high school and other school buildings Sunday evening, and on Monday students had their backpacks checked by school staff, District 424 Superintendent Brent O’Daniell said.

Genoa Police Chief Robert Smith said three bomb-sniffing dogs were used in the search, two from Metra police and one from Northern Illinois University police. The Genoa-Kingston Fire Protection District, DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies and Sycamore police also assisted in the search.

In a news release Monday, the police and school district said they had determined the threat posed no danger.

Smith said police had contacted law enforcement in the area where the tweet originated, which is outside of the Genoa-Kingston area.

“We know who sent it, and we know where that person lives,” Smith said. “We think it was sent by mistake.”

Students and parents can expect an increased police presence at schools in the district in coming days, O’Daniell said.

“We’re following law enforcement’s lead on this,” he said.

Smith said the last time there was a similar incident was when students on Facebook threatened a shooting at the school. In that incident, the students were arrested.

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