A 16-year-old Montgomery juvenile was arrested for Disorderly Conduct on Monday in connection with threats that were found written on two bathroom walls at Oswego High School last Tuesday.
According to Oswego Police Department officials the male, who is a student at the high school, is alleged to have written down a list of names and threatened violence at the school.
A message from Oswego High School administration that was sent to parents last Wednesday says that the writing was found on the walls of two boy's bathrooms.
Both sets of writing included a date of Oct. 9 and one contained a list of four names; the writing has since been removed.
The male juvenile was arrested at the school on Monday, and was taken into custody at around 11:00 a.m.
The Kendall County State's Attorney approved a felony charge of Disorderly Conduct against the juvenile following investigative efforts by the Oswego Police Department and Community Unit School District 308.
The juvenile was released to his parents with a court date on Tuesday.
Police officials say there is no credible threat of danger to the students and staff of Oswego High School or to the public.
A letter from Oswego High School Principal Mike Wayne was sent to parents of high school students on Monday afternoon regarding the arrest:
Hello Panther Families,
Today the Oswego Police Department announced the arrest of an OHS student in connection with threatening graffiti on the walls of two bathrooms at Oswego High School. We are thankful for the cooperation of our students, parents, and staff in providing helpful information to the Oswego Police Department. Working together, we know our school is safer. As always, when you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, report it.
This investigation proceeded quickly and efficiently lead by the police, with the help of our administration, to bring closure to the situation. It is our hope that students and parents feel a sense of relief, however our counselors remain available to support students with concerns during the school day.
Please discuss with your student the seriousness of making any threat, regardless of intentions, and the consequences that follow. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Oswego High School building administration.
Principal Mike Wayne
Oswego High School
Oswego SD308 officials say that threatening writing found on two restroom walls at Oswego High School on Tuesday is under investigation by Oswego Police.
In a message sent to parents on Wednesday morning from Oswego High School Principal Mike Wayne, he said that police were immediately made involved and are investigating alongside school deans and administration.
The message says that the writing was found on the walls of two boys’ bathrooms. Both sets of writing include a date of October 9 and one contains a list of four first names. Oswego Police say the writing threatened violence against specified individuals.
The writing has since been removed from the walls.
Wayne said in the message that the school is taking the incident, "very seriously and are working closely with police as they attempt to identify the individual or individuals responsible."
Additional security presence is at OHS while the investigation is ongoing. Wayne thanked students who came forward to report the writing. Oswego Police ask for anyone with information to contact them or Kendall County Crime Stoppers.
The district's emergency hotline is also available.
Message sent to OHS parents:
Good Morning Panther Families,
This is an important message from Mike Wayne, principal of Oswego High School.
Yesterday afternoon our staff was made aware of threatening writing on two restroom walls in our school. We immediately involved the Oswego Police Department, who is actively investigating the situation along with our school deans and administration. We are taking this very seriously and working closely with police as they attempt to identify the individual(s) responsible. There will be additional security presence at OHS while we investigate this issue.
The writing was found on the walls of two boys’ bathrooms. Both sets of writing include a date of October 9 and one contains a list of four first names. The writing has been removed from the walls.
We appreciate the students who came forward to report the writing. As always, we encourage students to be aware of their surroundings and report anything that does not seem right. We will continue to work with law enforcement to keep our students and staff safe and engaged in learning.
We ask that you speak with your son or daughter about this and if they have any information about the situation, to please contact the Oswego Police Department or our district’s emergency hotline at 630.636.4679. We will update you with information as we are able to.
Oswego High School
Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.