Villa Park boy accused of threatening to shoot people at school


A 13-year-old Villa Park boy has been charged with disorderly conduct for threatening to shoot people at a school, authorities said.

The boy, who attends Willowbrook High School, is accused of threatening to harm people at a Chicago school for people with disabilities to which he is assigned part of his school day.

Authorities allege that on Feb. 1, the boy told a Willowbrook teacher, “I’m going to shoot them [people] up.”

When the teacher reported the comment to a dean, the boy said, “I’m going to shoot them. Not this school. Everyone at my other school.”

The school is Menta Academy Midway. Its website said it serves students who have autism, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, health impairments and traumatic brain injuries.

DuPage County Judge Demetrios Panoushis ordered Feb. 6 that the boy be put on home detention with electronic monitoring.

The boy’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 27.