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Two arrests in Facebook threats

Students, both boys, charged with cyber-stalking

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:10 p.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – Two Rock Falls High School students have been charged with cyber-stalking, a felony, in connection with threats to “shoot up” the school that were posted on a Facebook page.

The 16- and 17-year-old boys were arrested last week before being released to the custody of their parents, police said.

On March 12, Rock Falls police learned about the Facebook page, which reportedly 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 are calling an accidental shooting.

After being made aware of the threats, police stepped up their patrols at the school.

Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper said his detectives launched an investigation, in conjunction with Facebook, to determine the identities of the people who used the page, which had been set up anonymously with false identifying information.

Facebook accessed the IP addresses of the account’s users, which were provided to police, Kuelper said.

Interviews with students and parents, and the following up of leads police received from Facebook, led to the arrests of two boys.

 

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