Former Dee Mack student taken into custody for Facebook threats

By WEEK Producer

Former Dee Mack student taken into custody for Facebook threats

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM CDT

MACKINAW, Ill. -- Deer Creek-Mackinaw School District Superintendent Scott Dearman confirms that a recent Dee Mack dropout has been taken into police custody after making threatening comments against the school on Facebook.

Dearman says school officials were alerted to the threat by a parent at approximately 10 a.m. Friday morning.

He says the former student posted a status Thursday evening saying that he had officially dropped out of school. In the midst of a conversation between the suspect and another user in the comment section of the post, the suspect said "I couldn't take it anymore. There would have been a Sandy Hook Tragedy if I had stayed there."

After locating the post, school officials notified police who took the suspect into custody.

Dearman says they acted quickly to notify parents of the incident via phone as the primary students were scheduled to spend much of the afternoon outside today for an end of the year "field day".

Dearman says the school takes all threats seriously and applauds the quick work of the police in locating the suspect.

There is no word at this time on whether any charges will be filed.

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