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McHenry High School East Campus security heightened after student posts threat on social media

McHENRY – Administrators at McHenry High School – East Campus said they heightened security Wednesday after a threat was posted on a personal social media account.

However, McHenry Police Deputy Chief John Birk said parents of students have nothing to worry about. He said police still are investigating whether the threat was credible.

Birk would not provide more details about what the threat consisted of because it still is under investigation and involves a minor, he said. He said there was no threat aimed at the school as a whole, but declined to provide further details.

Parents and guardians were notified of the threat through an email Wednesday morning from Principal Jeff Prickett. The email was sent to the Northwest Herald by dean of students Nat Zunkel, who said he was unable to comment on the incident. 

The school’s statement originally said the potential threat was posted on a student’s personal social media account, but Birk said the post was not from a student.

Police identified the person responsible for posting the message, and there was no evidence to substantiate any actual threat, Prickett said in the email.

The threatening message was posted on the account Wednesday morning. School officials immediately contacted police and internal security protocols were heightened, according to the statement.

“I would like to thank the McHenry Police Department for their assistance and immediate response,” Prickett said in the email. “... Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our school community.”

Prickett encouraged students and parents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity to school officials or the McHenry Police Department.

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