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Student arrested after threat referencing Sandy Hook made against Perry County school

A 17-year-old Du Quoin High School student was arrested after police were notified of a threat made against the school that referenced Sandy Hook, police say.

According to Du Quoin police, a vague threat was made against the school on social media Sunday. Police arrested the unnamed suspect who was charged with a Class 4 felony of disorderly conduct.

In a press release, Du Quoin police said they were notified of the threat around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The police worked with the Perry County State’s Attorney’s office and the school to arrest and charge the 17-year-old, who is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Police will be present at all Du Quoin schools Monday, according to the release.

Du Quoin District 300 Superintendent sent an email to parents and guardians about the incident Sunday evening, the Du Quoin Evening Call reported.

“Our school and district takes any and all threats towards the safety and security of our schools very seriously,” Kelly wrote in the email. “The matter is being handled by law enforcement and the state’s attorney’s office. Because of this occurrence and in accordance with our district policies, all schools, including the elementary, will have a law enforcement presence.”

According to the Du Quoin Evening Call, Kelly said classes will be held on their normal schedule tomorrow.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6