Niles West Student Charged With Making Facebook Threat
SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) – For the second time in a week a high school student faces serious charges for a threat on Facebook.
A 17-year-old girl who attends Niles West is charged with posting the threat. The teen had her bond set at $5,000. She has also been suspended from school for at least ten days.
The 17-year-old girl attends Niles West High School in Skokie. Police say she was upset because of a tardiness issue at the school.
She posted a non-specific threat on Facebook because of how she felt. A student saw the message and that student told their parents who called police.
“The threat was really non-specific and didn’t have any backbone behind it. However, it’s important that we realize that the kids did the right thing in this case. See something, say something. They heard about it. They let their parents know. They let the school know and everything worked the way it’s supposed to do. This turned out to be nothing but the next event, might be something, so we definitely want kids to report that,” said Skokie Police Officer Joe Marzigliano.
Students attending Niles West say the principal made everyone aware of what happened.
“We got a letter saying a threat was made to the school and the principal took action along with other authorities in the school and I think they did what any other school would do,” said Anisha Mannancherit, a senior at Niles West.
Meantime, Skokie police say the teen has shown great remorse, calling what she did a very big mistake. Police say this story should serve as a warning to all teens: remember what you post on social media can have life changing consequences.