19-year-old gets probation and will spend time on county work detail for threat against Glenbard East High School

Chicago Tribune 1 month ago

A Glendale Heights man who as a high school senior made a social media post threatening a school shooting was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation and 10 days on a work detail.

Jairus Castillo, 19, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court to a felony count of making false report of a threat to a school, in a negotiated plea with prosecutors.

He was placed on probation, and ordered to pay fines and costs. Castillo also must spend 10 days in the DuPage sheriff’s work alternative program.

At the time of his arrest in October 2018, Castillo was a Glenbard East High School senior. Authorities say he posted a photo of an unknown man holding an AR-15 style assault rifle on Instagram. The picture allegedly bore the caption, “He’s shooting up the school Monday 3rd period after the bell.”

Police were alerted to the photo and launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of Castillo.

Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.

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