A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:
Social Media Threat Assessment – Juvenile Disorderly Conduct Arrest
During the morning hours of February 20th, 2018, the Woodstock Police Department (WPD) was made aware by Community Unit School District 200 officials of a social media exchange
between numerous Woodstock North High School (WNHS) students.
It was later determined that a 17 year old male student of WNHS sent a photo, via social media, depicting a handgun with a caption attached which could be construed as threatening.
The WPD School Resource Officer was contacted and informed of this incident.
Working with WPD detectives, the student and his guardian were immediately located and subsequently interviewed.
A comprehensive threat assessment was conducted and a search of the juvenile’s home was consented to by the juvenile and his guardian.
It was determined that the photo sent was obtained by the juvenile on the internet and he never actually possessed the depicted weapon, or any other jeapons.
The juvenile was placed under arrest and was subsequently charged with Disorderly Conduct, and ultimately released back to his guardian’s custody.
In an effort to make juveniles fully aware of the consequences that could occur, the Woodstock Police Department strongly recommends that parents discuss with their children the effects of conducting alarming or disturbing actions.
No further information will be released about this incident since this investigation involves a