Richard Ray

Teens Held Gun in Social Media Post, Threatened to Use it During Maine South Summer Classes: Police

Two teens posted images of themselves holding a firearm and threatened to use it Monday during summer classes at a northwest suburban high school, Park Ridge police said.

The teens, 12 and 15, were charged Monday with unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct after police received an anonymous tip. The teens were identified by police and brought into the station for questioning before the start of classes at Maine South High School. Police say they found three guns at the home of the 12-year-old and at least one of them was confirmed as the one used in the social media threat.

Both teens will be transferred to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing, police said.

Police say they believe the two teens are the only suspects and are not investigating any other people in relation to the threats.

Maine Township High School District 207 released a statement Monday afternoon about the early morning arrests.

"As a result, school officials were confident that the situation was isolated and that there was no additional threat to any Maine South student or staff member, and classes were conducted as scheduled," the statement reads.

Maine South High School is located in Park Ridge in the 1100 block of South Dee Road.

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