Illinois State Police say they charged two juveniles last week with making threats against Pana High School in Illinois, Southern Illinois Now.com reports.
The first incident was reported to the police on Wednesday, November 2. A threatening message had been written in a bathroom stall. The second incident, apparently unrelated to the first, was reported the following day. Another message was discovered.
The identities of the students charged will not be released, as they have been charged as juveniles with a Class 4 felony of disorderly conduct for threatening violence against a school, Christian County States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl said.
The first message read, according to a letter sent to school families by Pana Community Unit School District 8 Superintendent Jason Bauer, “There is a shooter in the school right now,” WCIA-TV reported.
The school was temporarily placed on lockdown, during which police searched the school and found no active threat. K-9 units were also brought in and found no firearms or ammunition on campus. As students and the building were cleared, students were escorted to a bus and transported to a safe location off campus.
Several law enforcement agencies lent assistance in the threat, including the Central Illinois Enforcement Group, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and K-9, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Assumption PD, Shelbyville PD and K-9, Taylorville PD and K-9, Finley PD, Moweaqua PD, Illinois State Police Swat, Secretary of State Bomb Squad and K-9, Pana Fire Department/EMS, and Echo Response.