Friday, April 19, 2019
Bond Set at $75,000 for Former Glenbard East High School Student Accused of Threatening Students
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that bond has been set for a former Glenbard East High School Student accused of sending a threatening message to a current female Glenbard East High School student. Jaris McCullum, 18 (d.o.b. 7/5/2000) appeared in Bond Court yesterday afternoon where Judge Brian Jacobs set bond at $75,000 with 10% to apply. McCullum has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct, a Class 4 Felony and one count of Harassment through Electronic Communications, also a Class 4 Felony.
On April 15, 2019, the Lombard Police Department received information regarding a threatening message a female Glenbard East High School student received via FaceBook Messenger. It is alleged that McCullum sent a message to the student threatening to show up at the school and kill her boyfriend and harm her. It is alleged that in the message, McCullum posted “I really shoot,” “pull up at east rn I still got my card,” and “I got mfs who dnt like u that’ll pay to get rid of u, And Im’ takin that money, So u better hide mf bc I promise I’ll get you.” It is further alleged that the message contained a photo of McCullum wearing all black holding what appears to be a firearm. After receiving the message, the student alerted the Dean of Students at Glenbard East High School. The school then reported the alleged threat to the Lombard Police Student Resource Officer. An investigation into the matter led to McCullum who was taken into custody on Thursday, April 18.
“Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in American history, the Columbine school shootings, an anniversary that serves as a sad reminder to us all of us about the possible dangers that unfortunately, our children and school personnel must consider each day,” Berlin said. “As I have said in the past, any threat or even the hint of a threat to our schools will be fully investigated and anyone suspected of such behavior will be held accountable. I would like to thank the recipient of this threatening message for doing the right thing and alerting authorities and I urge all students to follow her lead – if you see or hear something, say something. I would like to thank the Lombard Police Department for their work in identifying the defendant in this case. I would also like to thank Assistants State’s Attorneys Adam Frahm and Helen Kapas for their continued efforts in keeping our schools safe.”
“Our educational facilities should be a place of learning and safety.” Newton said. “It is unfortunate that some think they can disrupt fellow students’ learning opportunity with threats to their safety while in school. I would like to thank our investigations unit for their many hours of investigative work. As always, thank you to State’s Attorney Berlin and his office for their continuing pledge to charge significant crimes and keep our schools safe.”
McCullum’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 13, 2019 in front of Judge John Kinsella.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant 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.