On Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, the Wheaton Police Department was notified by a concerned St. Francis High School parent of a rumor circulating on social media. The police department immediately notified St. Francis administrators and began an investigation. Although the alleged statement was not threat-specific, it was cause for concern to the school and police department.
Wheaton Police Detectives conducted multiple interviews with school staff and students, including the student having been alleged to make the comment, as well as conducted an extensive analysis of all forms of electronic communication, including social media.
The Wheaton Police Department has concluded that no threat was ever made using social media against St. Francis High School. They found a substantial amount of conversations among students, parents and other people on social media about an alleged threat, but the extensive investigation has concluded that no threat was ever made.
This morning, the family of the student in question voluntarily withdrew their student from St. Francis High School because they feel it is in the best interest of all parties. Throughout the course of the police investigation, it was clear that there was no criminal conduct on the part of this student. If you have any questions about the investigation, contact Lieutenant Bill Cooley of the Wheaton Police Department at 630-260-2077.