On Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, Naperville North High School received a phone call from an individual who made a threat against the school. As a result, the school was put on a soft lockdown and Naperville North was dismissed early to ensure the safety of all the students and staff members.
The Naperville Police Department immediately began to investigate the source of the threat. With the assistance of federal law enforcement and the New York Police Department (NYPD), a juvenile suspect from New York was identified. This juvenile has subsequently been charged with aggravated harassment in their home state, where NYPD now has jurisdiction over this case.
“The Naperville Police Department will continue to tirelessly investigate and pursue charges against anyone who makes a threat to our schools,” said Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres. “Children deserve to learn in a safe environment and when parents send their children to school, they want to know their kids are safe. No matter what their intentions might be, individuals who make these types of threats rob this community of its sense of safety, and this department will never take such actions lightly.”
“The safety of students and staff members is our top priority in Naperville 203,” said Naperville School District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Naperville Police Department, which has allowed us to react swiftly and appropriately to security threats, while continuing to ensure the safety of our stakeholders.”
The Naperville Police Department is still actively investigating additional school threats that have occurred over the past several weeks. If anyone has additional information regarding these investigations, they are encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6665 and ask for the Investigations Division.
The Naperville Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Report submitted by Commander Michaus Williams, Office of Professional Standards for the Naperville Police Department. (PN File Photos)