Teens charged for bomb threats at Joliet West, Peotone high schools
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2013 10:50AM
Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White (left) congratulates BHS junior Justin Payton at the Valley View School District board meeting on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Also pictured are his mother, Dorletta, and his father, Mark. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:39AM
WILL COUNTY — Two teenagers who used Twitter to threaten to blow up their high schools in unrelated incidents this week have been charged for making bomb threats, police said.
The threats involved Joliet West and Peotone high schools, police said.
A Joliet West High School freshman who threatened to bomb the school told police she did so only to scare kids who were bullying her brother.
The 14-year-old girl was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the school, 401 N. Larkin Ave., on a felony charge of making a bomb threat, police said.
The principal contacted the school detective earlier that morning after receiving phone calls from several concerned parents, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said. The threat, “I will bomb West High School,” was posted Friday afternoon on a student’s Twitter account, Roechner said. Detectives identified the student and questioned her.
“She said her older brother was being bullied and her intention was to scare those boys into leaving him alone. She had no plans to set a bomb,” Roechner said.
The girl was taken to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.
Classes at Joliet West were not interrupted.
A Monee teen also faces a felony charge of making a bomb threat in the incident involving Peotone High School.
About 7 p.m. Monday, Kyle J. Koran, 17, posted a message on Twitter, according to Peotone Chief Bill Mort.
“It read, ‘Tomorrow I’m planning on bombing Peotone High School. If you’re one of the 15 people I like don’t go to school,’ ” Mort said.
Koran reportedly deleted the tweet but not before it was seen by police, Mort said. Police went to Koran’s house, 27203 S. 88th Ave., and questioned him.
“He thought he was being funny (by) making a joke, but we took it seriously,” Mort said.
Peotone police alerted school staff and had extra officers at campus Tuesday morning, but Mort said there are no indications Koran was capable of bombing the school.
Mort said Koran is a former student of Peotone High School who was being homeschooled for his senior year.
Will County Assistant State’s Attorney David Borenstein said during a bond hearing Tuesday that Koran’s mother saw his tweet and told him to delete it.
Koran faces up to five years in prison if found guilty. His bail was set at $40,000. If bond is posted, he would be banned from using any Internet-capable device.