Metro-East News

Students report threat against Belleville West High School to administration

Parents of Belleville West High School students received a voicemail Thursday night alerting them that police were investigating an alleged threat against the school.

Multiple people had overheard a student make the threat on Thursday and then posted about it on social media, Jeff Dosier, Superintendent of Belleville District 201, said.

When school administration became aware of the social media posts, they called Belleville police and together they investigated the threat, which was later deemed not credible, Dosier said.

“It had generated some traffic online and it was enough to address that concern,” Dosier said.

The student accused of making the threat was brought in for questioning and was being cooperative with police Thursday night, according to Dosier.

Dosier said school will go on as planned Friday as authorities continue to investigate the situation.

The school district just “tries to stay ahead” in situations like these, Dosier said.

“It seems like every time I turn on the news, there’s a new threat at some school,” Dosier said. “Unfortunately tonight it was our turn.”

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.