COLCHESTER — Another teen has been arrested by sheriff’s detectives after making a threat at a school in the West Prairie School District.
According to a media release by Sheriff Nick Petitgout, detectives have taken a 14-year-old girl into custody following an investigation into the discovery of a note in a bathroom threatening violence against students.
Petitgout stated the sheriff’s office was notified at 3 p.m. on Wednesday by school authorities that a typed letter had been found in a bathroom at the middle school. The note “stated a specific threat of violence against students, and that the incident would occur this Friday,” Petitgout stated.
Detectives met with middle school staff to identify a suspect, and at 5 p.m., the girl was taken into custody. She is charged with felony disorderly conduct. Petitgout said the girl did not have access to any firearms.
She was lodged in the Mary Davis Juvenile Home in Galesburg pending a juvenile detention hearing.
A 15-year-old girl was arrested for making a similar threat at West Prairie High School on April 24. In that situation, a letter stating a threat of violence was also found with the suspect being arrested the same day. In late January, a West Prairie High School student was arrested after  stealing a pickup truck from the parking lot. The boy led area law officers on a high-speed chase across three counties, causing damage to a number of police vehicles and the stolen pick-up.

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