State Police arrest 2 youths for threatening violence at Pana HIgh School

School Threats made at Pana High School in southern Illinois.
School Threats made at Pana High School in southern Illinois.(MGN)
Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 11:07 PM CDT
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PANA (25 News Now) - Illinois State Police said late Friday they’ve arrested two juveniles for allegedly making a pair of unrelated threats of violence earlier this week at Pana High School.

Police said the Christian County State’s Attorney has approved the two to each face a charge of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony.

Pana Police said in a Facebook post that a note was found just before noon on Tuesday in a bathroom stall which read, “There’s a shooter in the school right now.”

The high school and Pana Junior High School next door were placed on lockdown and officers “systematically” cleared each classroom and student before they were escorted to a bus and taken to a safe location, the police department said.

After the students left, authorities used K-9s in an additional security sweep, but police said they found no evidence indicating there was an active threat.

State Police said in their news release Friday there was a second threatening message, also found in a bathroom stall.

“ISP takes threats of school violence seriously and individuals found responsible for making such threats will be held accountable for their actions,” the news release said.

State Police are not releasing other information about the suspects because they’re both juveniles.