HOBART — A 16-year-old Hobart High School student was arrested Wednesday after he posted an online threat late Tuesday saying the school would be shot up, police said.
The boy was taken into custody about 8:20 a.m. at a friend's home in the 500 block of Old Ridge Road, police said. He's expected to face an intimidation charge in Lake County Juvenile Court.
The boy was cooperative and told officers he thought school officials would have realized his post on the AfterSchool app was a joke, Lt. James Gonzales said.
"I don't know if these kids are in touch with what goes on in the world anymore," Gonzales said. "All of these threats have to be taken seriously. We did take them seriously, and everything worked out. There is no such thing as an idle threat anymore."
Police Chief Rick Zormier said in a post on the department's Facebook page that a school resource officer received information about the threat about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Zormier posted limited information on Facebook late Tuesday, and officers worked through the night to determine the source of the threat, he said.
The School City of Hobart notified parents about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, he said. There was an increased police presence at Hobart High School as students arrived and at other schools throughout the day, police said.
Gonzales, one of two officers who took the teen into custody, said the boy didn't have any weapons on him.