Suburban teen charged after guns, explosives found in home

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HINSDALE, Ill -- A suburban high schooler has been charged with threatening classmates on social media.

The 16-year-old is a student at Hinsdale South High School.

Police say a student at the school contacted authorities after seeing a posting the teen made on Snapchat that was “threatening in nature toward another student.”

Authorities searched the teen’s home and found several guns, ammunition, paper shooting targets, explosives, knives, brass knuckles and gas masks, according to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney.

Prosecutors also say he threatened to "shoot-up" the school.  They say the teen had a Nazi uniform, Nazi posters and flags.

Although authorities quickly followed up on the threat,  school superintendent Bruce Law says this incident is a reminder to parents that they should regularly check what their kids are doing on social media.

“It’s extremely important that all of us work together to try to keep students safe,” Law said.  “I think parents should view their children’s social media accounts as a public domain. There should be no expectation of privacy in what you’re doing in social media.”

Prosecutors say they're grateful that a young person reported the threat.

“Of course safety of our students is our first priority.  So if a student comes to us and says, ‘I’m feeling threatened by another student,’ then we do everything that we can to make sure that all the students and staff are safe,” said Law.

The teen was taken into custody and charged with six felony weapons charges.  He is being held in a juvenile facility.  He is due in court Oct 19th.