UPDATED: Unity High student in custody after alleged threat

UPDATED: Unity High student in custody after alleged threat

New 10:50 a.m. Tuesday:

The Unity High School student who allegedly threatened to shoot up or blow up the school is due back in juvenile court next month.

The Champaign County State's Attorney's Office said the 15-year-old boy is charged with falsely making a terrorist threat and disorderly conduct.  He's due back in court on Nov. 8.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said on Oct. 16 that students at Unity High School overheard the suspect making a threat to harm "a lot of people." Deputies searched the boy's home and found no guns, explosives or plans for a shooting.

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Original story 7 a.m. Tuesday:

TOLONO — A Unity High School student is in the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center after allegedly threatening to shoot up or blow up the school last week.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said deputies arrested the 15-year-old boy last week on a preliminary charge of making a terrorist threat. A fellow student brought the matter to authorities' attention, Walsh said.

"It was more than just a casual, off-hand, one-time comment," he told News-Gazette Media. "Beyond that, I really can't go into the detail of it."

Walsh said the boy's mother allowed deputies to search the family's home. He said deputies found no guns, explosive devices or written plans for a shooting. Walsh said the comments the boy made alluded to harming "a lot of people" as opposed to a dispute with one person.

Unit 7 schools superintendent Andy Larson reiterated that there was no threat to students, and he said staff handled the incident properly. Larson said the student will be disciplined, but declined to give specifics.

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