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BBCHS student arrested for making threat

January 8, 2019

BRADLEY — A Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School student was arrested Sunday for making a threat to the school on social media.

According to a Bradley Police release, a 15-year-old boy was charged with making a threat of violence against a school, a felony.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said the sentencing range is probation up to serving time in a juvenile facility.

The boy will make an initial appearance in juvenile court today or Tuesday.

In a statement sent to parents of BBCHS students, the boy said the threat was nothing more than a joke.

“We continue to ask parents to have conversations with their students about the safe and appropriate use of social media. Although the student acknowledged that the threat was not meant to be anything other than a joke, law enforcement and school officials will take any and all threats seriously. We are thankful for a peaceful end to this situation,” the letter said.

Police received information of the threat and worked with school officials. The threat was found not to be credible, police said.

The student will not be allowed to attend classes at the school. Students return from winter break on Tuesday, Superintendent Scott Wakeley said.

Administrators will meet today “to determine the appropriate placement” for the student, Wakeley said.