Letters to the Editor

Threats against schools are no laughing matter

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It’s not a joke.

When a person, regardless of age, makes a threat to harm students or faculty at a school, it may seem to some like a youthful prank, but to the Illinois law enforcement community — state’s attorneys, sheriffs and chiefs of police — it is no laughing matter.

Threatening violence at a school, personally or through social media, is a crime that is punishable by years in prison.

The havoc and fear created when someone threatens a school community is real, no matter the intentions of the person who communicates that threat. All threats are taken seriously, and investigating them diverts precious resources.

The law enforcement community stands united in making our schools safe. In Illinois, that means that threats of violence are no joke, and those who make them will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

John Milhiser

Sangamon County state’s attorney; president, Illinois State’s Attorneys Association

Sheriff David Snyders

Stephenson County; president, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association

Police Chief James Kruger

Village of Oak Brook; president, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police