Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Student Accused of Displaying Weapon/Threatening Another Student While at School
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert
Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Colin Fleury announced today that a West
Chicago High School student has been accused of displaying a weapon and
threatening another student while at school. The juvenile, a fifteen-year-old
male who lives in West Chicago, appeared at a detention hearing this morning
where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that he be detained until at least his next
court appearance. He has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct, a
Class 4 Felony.
May 9, 2022, authorities at West Chicago High School contacted the West Chicago
Police Department regarding a student who allegedly displayed a weapon and threatened
another student. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged that
near the end of the day, the student displayed a gun, later determined to be a airsoft
gun, from his backpack, and threatened another student saying, “I’m going to shoot
you.” Following the alleged incident, immediately after students were dismissed
from school for the day, the victim alerted authorities at the school. The juvenile
was taken into custody later that day from his home without incident.
“I understand that with finals upon us students are under
pressure, but threats as alleged in this case are not harmless jokes or an
excuse to blow off steam,” Berlin said. “They have a chilling effect not just on
students, teachers and staff, but also on parents, siblings and the entire community.
Regardless of the accused’s intentions, my office takes any threat of school violence
extremely seriously and anyone suspected of making such actions will be investigated
and charged accordingly. I thank the victim in this case for coming forward and
authorities at West Chicago High School for contacting law enforcement. I also thank
the West Chicago Police Department for their quick response as well as Assistant
State’s Attorneys Denis Cahill and Lynn Cavallo for their work in helping us
keep our schools as safe.”
juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 13, 2022.
of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not
proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is
presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the
government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.