Police: Teen behind school threat arrested

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MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) – A teen is charged with making a terror threat on social media.

Police say they arrested a 14-year-old female after 10 p.m. Thursday in Effingham. She’s charged with making a terrorist threat, which stands as a Class X felony charge.

Police believe the teen sent a message to people on Snapchat threatening gun violence at Mattoon High School. They say an investigation this week discovered that threat was a hoax and that the student had no real intention of violence.

Officers say the teen did not have access to any weapons.

Police say the teen is in a juvenile lockup facility before a future court appearance.

Another school threat came into Taylorville schools on Thursday evening. The district says it discovered the threat was not credible. School went on as scheduled on Friday.

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