Urbana High student ordered detained after alleged social-media threat

Urbana High student ordered detained after alleged social-media threat

URBANA — An Urbana High School student who allegedly threatened a student on social media and had ammunition at school Monday has been ordered held in detention until next week.

A Macon County judge on Tuesday arraigned the 15-year-old on three misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of ammunition, resisting a peace officer and harassment by electronic communication following his arrest Monday at the high school.

Champaign County Presiding Judge Tom Difanis referred the youth's case to an out-of-county judge and a prosecutor from the state appellate prosecutor's office because a relative of the student works at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said high school staff alerted his department Monday to a threat involving a gun made via social media to a student who does not attend Urbana High School.

When police went to the school to talk to the teen, he allegedly resisted their efforts to pat him down. A subsequent search of his backpack turned up 49 rounds of ammunition.

The youth is slated to be back in court May 24.

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