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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, February 1, 2019

Downers Grove North High School Student Charged With Threatening School

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette announced today a male Downers Grove North High School student has been charged with posting a threat on Snapchat directed at his school. The student appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered the minor placed on home detention lockdown.
            On January 31, 2019, Downers Grove Police received information regarding a threatening Snapchat video post in which a male was seen holding a hand gun and threatening members of the student body. An investigation into the post led by the Downers Grove Police Department led to the minor as the person allegedly in the video making the threats. The minor was taken into custody yesterday without incident. 
            “Any threat to the well-being of our students and teachers will be fully investigated and anyone suspected of such behavior will quickly find themselves standing before a judge,” Berlin said. “The well-being and safety of our children remains a top priority of my administration and any threat or even the perception of a threat will not be tolerated. I would like to thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their work in quickly identifying the perpetrator in this case. I would also like to thank Assistants State’s Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts on this case. 
            The minor has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct – Threat of Violence at a School, a Class 4 Felony and one count of Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 22, 2019 for status in front of Judge Coco.            
           Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the minor’s guilt. The accused is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.        
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