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Two teens in custody after Lincoln-Way East shooting threat

FRANKFORT – Two students were taken into police custody Wednesday after threats to attack Lincoln-Way East High School were posted online.

Will County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said the FBI notified deputies about 6 p.m. Tuesday that the agency had received a tip about someone posting online that they would "blow up and shoot up the school."

Hoffmeyer did not identify where the threat was posted but said the social media website was not as well-known as Facebook or Twitter.

Lincoln-Way Superintendent Scott Tingley said the school was notified early Tuesday evening by a concerned citizen who saw the threat online.

Sheriff's deputies, along with school administrators, conducted a search of the high school and nothing suspicious was found, according to Hoffmeyer.

Sheriff's police matched information from the account from which the threat was posted to a 15-year-old Frankfort boy who is a sophomore at the high school.

"He and his parents were interviewed by detectives and FBI agents. They cooperated fully and allowed us to search the home. No guns or explosives were found," Hoffmeyer said.

Investigators believed someone used the teen's identity to make the threats and were seeking the Internet protocol address the post was sent from.

About noon Wednesday, two 15-year-old boys were taken into custody while on the Lincoln-Way West campus and questioned at the police station, Hoffmeyer said.

"They both made statements indicating they'd posted the threat in order to get the other 15-year-old in trouble. They did not intend to carry out any attack," she said.

Both boys were taken to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet and were charged with felony disorderly conduct. Additional charges were pending Wednesday.

As the investigation continued, police found another online link that showed a web page that appeared to be a TV station's news website.

"It has a photo of an ambulance and reads '10 killed at Frankfort High School,'" Hoffmeyer said.

An email from Lincoln-Way District 210 notifying parents of the situation stated a fake social media account was created using the logo of a Chicago TV station that stated there was an incident at East and student safety was threatened.

Hoffmeyer said investigators believe the fake news site is related to the threat posted Tuesday.

Extra Will County sheriff's deputies were assigned Wednesday to Lincoln-Way East at the request of school administrators, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

"We're continuing to work with Will County at this time," Tingley said.

The district is now awaiting the outcome of the investigation, Tingley said, adding that increased security will continue at East until the issue is resolved.

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