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Peoria County state's attorney charges minor with school shooting conspiracy

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The Peoria County State's Attorney's Office says Peoria police stopped a potential school shooting planned by an area teen.

In a news release, officials said police received a tip that a 16-year-old from Peoria, along with two other teenagers from other counties, was planning a school shooting using the online messaging platform Discord.

Deputies in Vermilion County were investigating the Peoria teen and three Vermilion County teenagers . Police say the Peoria teen was connected to a school shooting threat last year that was ultimately brought no charges.

Police said chat logs discussed stockpiling weapons. A 29-page journal recovered by police detailed more aspects of the plan. Officials said it includes maps, building layouts and research into the juvenile court system and possible charges.

Peoria Public Schools administrators were immediately made aware of the situation, police said.

The Peoria County state's attorney filed three charges against the juvenile: Making a terrorist threat, disorderly conduct and conspiracy. The office also has requested the case be transferred to adult court, due to the "serious nature of the threats."

Officials said the teen will remain in custody at the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.