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MVCC police question person of interest after online threats

  • Written by Joe Boyle

Police at the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills have detained a person of interest they were questioning on Monday afternoon regarding an alleged online threat to students that was sent out through a Twitter account on Sunday night.

The Palos Hills Police Department was also involved in the investigation. The alleged threat was sent out on the Twitter account @MValleydies and included photos of an assault rifle and two ammunition clips. The account has since been deactivated. However, parents contacted the school Monday morning and many students did not arrive at class due to the online threats.

The person who sent the online threat had been complaining about being bullied. The Twitter message sent out read: “You and your friends bullied me!!! I can’t wait to kill all you tomorrow haha you will not laugh at me anymore!!! You took away my soul…I’m taking you guys lives! Me and my AR.”

Despite the threats, school was still in session on Monday and Tuesday. Traci Hlado, deputy chief for the Palos Hills police department, said the investigation was currently in the hands of the Moraine Valley police.

“We did add extra security on Monday at Moraine Valley,” Hlado said. “We did it for security reasons and to help them out, just in case.”

Officials from the Moraine Valley police said they continued to hold the person of interest in custody on Tuesday. While continuing to hold talks with the individual, the Moraine Valley police have not charged the person as of Tuesday afternoon. They did not indicate if the person in custody was a Moraine Valley student or if he is accused of sending the Twitter messages.

With the addition of the Palos Hills police, security was noticeably tighter Monday at Moraine Valley. As a precaution, security was also tightened at the Blue Island and Tinley Park campuses. Moraine Valley officials said no students would be penalized for missing classes on Monday.

A statement was released by officials at the Palos Hills campus that said “the college takes all threats against its students seriously and is following the guidance of law enforcement.”

Moraine Valley officials also stated in a tweet on Monday morning that there is no indication at this time that the threat was credible.