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Monday, October 28, 201319-year-old high school student is facing a felony charge for using social media to threaten to kill another student, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

Thomas BraaschSheriff’s Police were contacted Thursday by the staff at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights about a threat that a student, Thomas Braasch, made via Facebook to another student the day before. Detectives took him into custody Thursday afternoon.

The threat mentioned killing the other student, a 16-year-old, with a gun at the school.

Braasch, of Worth, was charged Friday 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. It is a class 4 felony.

Braasch’s bond has been set at $150,000. His next court date is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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