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Will Facebook poster be charged?

Police, state's attorney to meet Thursday

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:31 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls police will meet with the Whiteside County state’s attorney’s office on Thursday to decide whether charges will be filed after an anonymous poster reportedly made threats on a Facebook page last week to “shoot up” Rock Falls High School.

The poster, who used fake information when setting up the page, appears to be from this area, Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper has said.

He said his detectives are very close to finishing their investigation.

On March 12, Rock Falls police learned about the Facebook page, which had “rude and disrespectful” comments on it pertaining to sinners, God, the devil, and Matt Anderson, the Rock Falls High School student who recently died in what authorities call an accidental shooting.

The poster could face, at the least, a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, Kuelper has said; if convicted of a felony, the poster could be held responsible for the costs of the extra police patrols at the schools for 2 days after the posting.

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