UNIVERSITY PARK (CBS 11 NEWS) – University Park Police have arrested a 16-year-old Highland Park High School student in connection with a string of threats made at the school.
Police say teen, who is not being identified because he is a minor, is charged with 17 counts of terroristic threats as a result of 17 threatening emails traced back to him. Police say the suspect tried to mask the source of the emails, but cyber crime experts were able to trace the origin of those messages back to him.
The Highland Park School District sent the following announcement to parents informing them of the arrest.
Police say the investigation is still open and are waiting for fingerprint results on threatening handwritten notes and bullets found inside the school.
Several threats were reported at the school in the span of two months, including three separate incidents in three consecutive days. On February 26, a threatening note was found and the school was evacuated. The next day, Feb 27, the school was evacuated again when someone found a handful of .22 caliber bullets in a boy’s bathroom. Another threatening note was found inside the school on February 28.
The University Park Police Chief, Gary Adams, described the handwritten notes as “disturbing” and characterized them as bomb threats. The note found on February 28 was found by a police officer on the top of a stairwell out of sight of the schools surveillance cameras.
“It was between classes so we have a lot of student traffic in the hallway. It was obviously just dropped by someone,” said Chief Adams.
Police received an anonymous tip on March 4 through Crime Stoppers. Police say it wasn’t very detailed. Names, dates and times were left out.
“It’s someone who had overheard some people talking about a bomb at the high school and so they reported it to Crime Stoppers,” said Captain Leon Holman of the University Park Police Department.
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