Teen made online threats to shoot other students at Lincoln Park High School, officials say

A Lincoln Park High School student faces a felony charge for allegedly threatening to shoot his fellow students on campus. Chicago police arrested the 15-year-old at the school, 2001 North Orchard, on Wednesday morning, according to a CPD statement.

Dr. Eric Steinmiller, the school’s principal, told parents about the threats the same day.

Screenshots of an Instagram post show the teen threatened to bring a gun on Friday, February 10, to “shoot up LPHS.”

“I’ll be bringing a [gun] to school to shoot the kids that annoy me,” the post said. “Warn your friends.”

The post went into detail about how the teen would carry out his plan, including arriving late so he could avoid strict screening at metal detectors.

After the shooting, he would change clothes and escape through a sewer tunnel, the poster said.

Steinmiller said school leadership contacted CPS’ security office immediately upon learning about the post.

Police said the teen is charged with one felony count of threatening violence against a person at a school building.

No further information is available about the teen because he is a juvenile.

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