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Juvenile to face criminal charges after posting threat against Hampshire Middle School on social media

All Hampshire schools had an increased police presence Thursday because of the threat posted on social media Wednesday

Algonquin-based Community School District 300 is photographed on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

A juvenile is expected to face felony criminal charges for posting a threat of violence against Hampshire Middle School on social media, the Hampshire Police Department said on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

The threat had been deemed “not credible” by Algonquin-based Community School District 300 on Wednesday night.

In one of two emails sent to parents on Wednesday, district officials said they were working with Hampshire police to investigate the threat and identify the source. Officials followed up with a second email Wednesday evening confirming that there was no danger to students.

“The District has confirmed there is no substantiated threat to student safety at Hampshire Middle School,” according to the email. “It is important to note that we take all threats, even those believed to have been made in jest, extremely seriously. This particular issue will be dealt with in accordance with our district guidelines and policies.”

According the Hampshire Police Department’s Facebook post, once identified, the juvenile admitted to creating the social media threat to investigators before the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the criminal charges.

According to District 300’s email and the police department’s social media post, all Hampshire schools will have an increased security presence Thursday.