A second Alton High School student has been charged with threatening to shoot up the school.
Erik Walsh, 18, allegedly threatened violence against someone at the high school Monday, saying he was "thinking about shooting up the school," according to a news release from the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Walsh was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies and transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held on $15,000 bail.
Walsh's charges were not related to a separate case from Feb. 21, where 18-year-old Alton High School student Justin L. Glen-Colley threatened to "shoot up the place," Madison County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Dixon said.
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"It seems like when these things start to happen on a national level, we start to experience local people talking about these things," Dixon said. "It creates copycat-type conversations. It's alarming people even discuss these matters and make comments, especially in this day and age ... I don't think people understand the seriousness of their comments."
In another case, A 14-year-old Cahokia girl was arrested and charged with 12 counts of juvenile delinquency, including making terroristic threats, in connection with threats allegedly posted Friday on social media toward Cahokia and East St. Louis schools.