Pekin Police investigating after school shooting threat

PEKIN, Ill - Pekin Police will have extra officers near Pekin High School, during the school day tomorrow, after a student wrote graffiti in one of the school's bathrooms that references a school shooting.
 
Police and school officials believe they found the student responsible for the graffiti and are disciplining the student legally and with school code.
 
This was the following statement for the high school's superintendent, Dr. Danielle Owens:

This morning administration was advised that a student had written a graffiti message on a bathroom wall referencing a school shooting on November 17th.  The issue came to light because a second student decided to post a picture of the graffiti on social media instead of immediately reporting it to the administration when it was found.  This incident has been thoroughly investigated and school officials believe that a particular student was responsible for the graffiti.  The school is currently addressing the matter through the student disciplinary process.  While confidentiality issues prevent the school from releasing the name of the student or any student discipline imposed, the school community should understand that the student is being dealt with accordingly in cooperation with authorities and school code.  We will again have an increased police presence on campus tomorrow out of an abundance of caution and to help alleviate any anxieties.

We have encouraged parents to have discussions with their students, who we made an announcement to at the end of the day. We take any threats made in any form with the utmost seriousness.  Students responsible for school related threats are dealt with swiftly and sternly. We are committed to keeping our students safe, and we can only do that by coming together as a community. We reminded both students and parents that if anyone ever sees or hears any information which can be interpreted as a threat against the school, its students or staff, they should come forward with the information immediately.

Officers are urging parents to have a conversation with their kids about the situation. The high school also made it clear that they will be making a full announcement, about the situation, to the students at the end of the day.

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