BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - Belvidere High School Principal Billy Lewis released a letter to parents after a threat was made to the school through a messaging app.
The letter reads: "We want to update you on a situation that happened at Belvidere High School. Today we were notified that a student posted a threat towards BHS through a messaging app while on campus.
The message circulated through social media and was discussed among students. Fortunately, a community member alerted the school’s administration about the message, which led to an active investigation. School administration was able to conclude our investigation quickly and found the perpetrator. This type of event has serious ramifications. Comments related to campus safety are not tolerated.
These types of threats result in the most severe school consequences as well as legal and financial consequences for any perpetrator. Disruptions to the school environment like this cannot and will not be tolerated. These disruptions consume valuable community resources.
We are grateful for the community member who brought this to the attention of parents and adults in the school so quickly. We also express our gratitude to the students who notified us to ensure we were aware of the situation, and to the school officials and local law enforcement who worked diligently to close the investigation.
Please take a moment and remind your children that making any threat on a public school, business or other establishment is never a joke. I urge you to talk to your children now and impress upon them the seriousness of threats in today’s society.
I also encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult. Students need to be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these threats very seriously and are pursuing prosecution even when such incidents are intended as pranks.
I appreciate your continued support of a safe learning environment for our students."
The school district says charges are pending against a Belvidere High School student who posted the threat on social media Thursday.