Barrington student’s online post leads to police investigation

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A Barrington Middle School student learned a difficult lesson last week, after he posted some comments online that other people in town considered to be a potential threat.

The boy — his name was not released by officials — allegedly posted a message on Instagram early last week that mentioned a middle school field trip and something bad that was going to happen.

The parent of a different middle school student reportedly saw the comment and on Wednesday, Nov. 27 alerted police to it.

Detectives checked out the post and later went to the school to search the boy’s locker. They did not find anything suspicious. Officers also questioned the student who said he did not mean anything by the post.

“We take these things very seriously,” said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. “Sometimes kids post things and don’t realize the ramifications it can have.”

School officials reportedly punished the boy by assigning him to detention.

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