Red Bud student disciplined for threatening note

News-DemocratDecember 18, 2013 

Disciplinary action is being taken against a Red Bud Elementary School student after a threatening note was found in the student's locker, according to school officials.

Red Bud Community Unit School District 132 Superintendent Jonathan Tallman said personal information about the student, including name, grade and gender, are not being released, and neither are conditions of the disciplinary action being taken. However, he did say the student is currently not at the school, which houses kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Tallman said school officials immediately contacted Red Bud Police Department after the threatening note was found Friday.

"They determined no imminent threat of any kind was found to any of our students, faculty or staff," he said.

Red Bud Police Chief Dan Brotz said his department has concluded its investigation and no charges are expected to be issued at this time.

Tallman wouldn't specify what was on the "threatening" note. "I'm not going to comment on what was on the note," he said. It was reportedly a "kill list" with the names of 11 students at the school.

"The safety and welfare of our student body and everyone in our school district is something we do not take lightly," Tallman said. "Any threat will be taken seriously and be investigated fully."

He commended the Red Bud Police Department for "acting swiftly and thoroughly in their investigation."

The district sent a letter home to elementary school parents Friday about the threatening note.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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