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Police: Teen arrested after threatening to shoot up school on internet gaming site

Joliet West High School is seen July 17 in Joliet.
Joliet West High School is seen July 17 in Joliet.

JOLIET – A Joliet West High School student allegedly threatened to shoot up a school on an online gaming site and was arrested while in a car with his mother, police said.

At 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a school detective with the Joliet police was informed by the FBI that the 15-year-old boy allegedly made a statement on an online gaming site that he was going to shoot up a school, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said.

The detective realized that the boy was a student at Joliet West High School, and school was going to begin at 8:15 a.m., Gregory said. An investigation quickly began, and before long, detectives were waiting outside the boy’s house before 8 a.m.

Gregory said the officers ended up stopping a car driven by the boy’s mother, and the teen was sitting in the front seat.

The teen was arrested, processed at the Joliet Police Department and reportedly taken to be questioned by detectives and an FBI agent. The youth then was taken to River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

Gregory said officers found a rifle at the teen's home, as well as a computer and an Xbox gaming console. All three items were seized by police.

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