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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, April 12, 2019

Former Student Accused of Threatening Teacher at Lincoln Academy in Addison

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden announced today that a former Lincoln Academy student has been accused of threatening a teacher at the Addison school. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that he be placed on home detention. 

It is alleged that on April 11, 2018, at approximately 7:55 a.m., the juvenile, who is fourteen years-old called the school and threatened to shoot one of the staff members stating, “He is going to get it today, right in the head.” Upon receiving the alleged call, authorities at the school contacted the Addison Police Department. Through their investigation, Addison police officers identified the juvenile as a suspect. He was taken into custody without incident from his home yesterday afternoon. 

“Any threat of violence aimed at a school will immediately be investigated and if found credible, will be charged accordingly,” Berlin said. “Teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn if they are in fear for their safety while at school. I would like to thank authorities at Lincoln Academy for alerting law enforcement to this incident as well as the Addison Police Department for their quick response and apprehension of the suspect in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Lynn Cavallo for her work in helping us keep our schools as safe as possible.” 

“The well-being of our children and those who teach them remains a top priority of my administration,” Hayden said. “Because of this commitment, the Addison Police Department takes any threat, real or perceived, directed at our students and school personnel extremely seriously. I would like to thank the officers who worked on this case for their efforts as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their continued efforts in protecting our schools from harm.” 

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.