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Student who allegedly made threat against Shiloh Middle School charged, police say

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A 13-year-old boy has been charged with juvenile disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, in connection with a threat made against Shiloh Middle School on Wednesday.

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office issued the charges Thursday afternoon. The juvenile’s name was not released due to his age.

The threat made against on Wednesday was a hypothetical “what if” question the student in custody posed several times, Shiloh Police Chief Rich Wittenauer said.

The Shiloh Village School District No. 85 alerted police Wednesday afternoon that, more than once, the student had asked aloud, “What if I shot up the school?” during the school day, Wittenauer said.

School administration took the precautionary measure of having the student removed from the bus home and police took him into custody.

Wittenauer said police were able to search the juvenile’s possessions and his parents’ property, and concluded there was no weapon or any other means for the boy to carry out the threat.

On Thursday, police had an increased presence at the school, located at 1 Wildcat Crossing.

The student remained in police custody at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday.

According to Wittenauer, the incident was “not at all” related to the threat made against Whiteside Middle School in Shiloh last Thursday where another juvenile was taken into custody. He said the students did not know each other and that the threats were different in nature.

The threat against Whiteside is still under investigation, but the juvenile has been released from police custody, Wittenauer said. The case had been taken under advisement by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to Chris Allen, a spokesman for St. Clair County State’s Attorney Jim Gomric, the office cannot comment on either case due to the fact they involve minors.

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.
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