DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream Chief of Police William Holmer announced today that a student has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct, a Class 4 Felony, for allegedly making a threatening remark directed at the principal of Glenbard North High School. Zachary Kurzeja, 18 (d.o.b. 5/28/2005) of the 600 block of Matthews Lane, Carol Stream, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Joshua Dieden set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply.
It is alleged that on August 24, 2023, Kurzeja was at the school when he commented to another individual at the school “Hey man, if you heard someone shot at principal at the head, don’t look at me.” Following an investigation into the matter, Kurzeja was taken into custody later that day without incident.
“With the school year just beginning, I want to remind everyone that my office takes any threat of violence aimed at a school very seriously and anyone suspected of making such a threat will be investigated and charged accordingly,” Berlin said. “I thank authorities at Glenbard North High School for contacting law enforcement as well as the Carol Stream Police Department for their quick response in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Michael Pingaj for their work on this case.”
“It’s imperative that our children have a safe learning environment free from threats of violence,” Holmer said. “We can’t afford to take these incidents lightly, and we will do everything we can to maintain the safety of the students and staff in our schools.”
Members 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.