MINOOKA – A 16-year-old was arrested in connection with posting threats on social media toward Minooka Community High School on Monday night, according to a news release.
Minooka Community High School District 111 issued an email Monday night in regard to the “disturbing communication.” The Minooka Police Department announced the juvenile was reported by a student and after an investigation, it was determined to be in the “best interest that the juvenile be arrested.” The incident comes less than a week after other threats surfaced against Minooka Junior High School and two weeks after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
“Nationwide there’s hundreds of threats that have been made at our schools,” Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said. “It’s unfortunate and these kids need to be cautious about what they post on social media. What they’re posting has some serious consequences.”
The juvenile was transported to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles and will appear in juvenile court, according to the release. He is expected to be charged with felony disorderly conduct.
Meyer said the local schools and fire and police departments all meet annually to go over safety plans in the event of emergencies, including intruders, and the schools have announced and unannounced lockdown drills throughout the school year. He added that they also try to educate faculty and staff members about determining the best practice in the event of a school shooter. Many schools have implemented a “run, hide, fight” system, where the supervisor can make the decision that is best for their students’ or classroom’s situation. Meyer said his department and local schools are constantly reevaluating the plans for emergency response.
Minooka Community High School Director of Community Relations Dave DiLorenzo said the district recently informed parents of new security measures being taken, including adding tinted windows to the south campus. Students at the central campus are also required to scan in to enter the building once school has started. The south campus will start to make students scan in in the coming weeks. DiLorenzo also added each campus has one resource officer for security.
President Donald Trump has called for arming some teachers at schools as well as increasing security in the wake of the Florida high school shooting. Both Meyer and DiLorenzo stressed the importance of alerting the school district or police department in the event of a possible threat, but Meyer did address the president’s idea more directly.
“I’ll keep my comments to myself on that,” Meyer said, but then added, “I have a wife that is a teacher. I know her No. 1 goal is to educate kids and not worry about being armed.”