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14-year-old Cahokia girl charged with making terroristic threats toward local schools

A 14-year-old Cahokia student was charged Friday with 12 counts of juvenile delinquency in connection with threats that sent Cahokia and East St. Louis schools into lockdowns Thursday.

The teen, whose name was not released because of her age, was charged with four counts of making terroristic threats, four counts of attempted terroristic threats and four counts of disorderly conduct, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said. The disorderly conduct charges fall in a specific section for making a threat directed at a school.

The girl was detained Friday evening and has a hearing set for Monday.

"The threats obviously did not result in any actual acts of violence, and under Illinois law ... with the young age she is, she is not eligible to be prosecuted as an adult, absent the actual execution of violent conduct," Kelly said.

Kelly praised the school districts' response to the threat, saying they did the right thing to aggressively investigate the Facebook threats.

The post, made Wednesday night on Facebook, said Cahokia and East St. Louis schools were in danger and that the person was "coming for" both schools. The same user made multiple posts, also saying the shooting would occur Thursday, referencing racist motives for the shooting.

The schools were in a soft lockdown Thursday — meaning all doors to the school and classrooms were locked, but classes proceeded as scheduled — to ensure the safety of students and faculty. The schools had heightened security all day, and parents were allowed to pick up their children.

Kara Berg: 618-239-2626, @karaberg95

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