CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A 14-year-old girl is facing 12 charges including four counts of making a terrorist threat after making social media threats against a school in Cahokia Wednesday night.
The threat, which came in a series of Facebook posts, claims there will be a shooting at a Cahokia and East. St. Louis high school. The St. Clair State Attorney Brendan Kelly said investigators were able to trace them back to her device.
"Parents, teachers and adults. They need to reiterate how serious it is to make these threats when they are made people have to take those threats seriously," Kelly said.
Families were notified via robo-calls, according to a few parents who have called News 4 to voice concern. The police department said they looked into the threat. School officials said classes proceeded as normal, but that several families pulled their student from class.
Investigators said the threat was posted to a Facebook page created Wednesday night. Superintendent Dr. Art Ryan said they didn't cancel school because most kids were already there and he didn't want buses to take them home to empty houses.
"We are doing all we can to protect our schools," Cahokia Police Chief David Landmann said. "We are doing all we can to track this person down."
Chief Landmann said they requested help from the FBI. He also said they are planning to ask the prosecutor to press charges against the teen.
Police said they did not believe the teen would have actually carried out the attack.
The girl has a hearing in juvenile court scheduled for Monday.
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