A Minooka Junior High student’s threat of school violence online was deemed unfounded Tuesday, according to Minooka School District 201 administration.
Minooka police learned about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that a seventh-grade student had made a comment online after school hours that included “a hypothetical statement regarding school violence,” according to a letter to MJHS families sent Wednesday.
Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said police received a complaint from a parent whose child had seen a threatening post on Instagram. Police were able to identify the seventh-grade boy who reportedly sent the message and spoke with the child and his parents. They determined the threat was not credible.
“He did it as a joke,” Meyer said.
Possible charges are pending as a result of the incident, he said.
“Children need to be cognizant of what they put on their posts; some of these posts can be alarming, and severe consequences could occur,” Meyer said.
School officials said they strive to maintain open communication with parents and guardians.
“Please know that we fully appreciate and take seriously the responsibility of caring for your children all day, every day, when you send them to MJHS,” according to the letter. “Additionally, the MJHS staff is greatly appreciative for the consistent cooperation and efforts of the Minooka law enforcement.”
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