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Shepard student faces felony charge for social media threat

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Shepard High School student faces a felony charge for using social media to threaten to kill another student, Cook County Sheriff’s Police said.

  Thomas Braasch of Worth was arrested Oct. 24 after posting the threat on Facebook the previous day. He later told police he had planned to kill the student for a year.
  Braasch threatened to kill the 16-year-old student at the school with a gun, police said. He did not have the weapon when he was arrested, officers said.
  Sheriff’s police were contacted Oct. 24 by Shepard administrators after staff at the Palos Heights school saw the threat. Braasch was taken into custody later that day. Court records indicate Braasch also lives in Alsip.
  He was charged with disorderly conduct — transmitting or causing a threat of destruction of a school building or school, or a threat of violence, death, or bodily harm directed against persons at a school, school function or school event, whether or not the school is in session.
  Bond was set at $150,000.