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Former student charged with planning violence at Glenbard East

Michael Santoro / phofrom DuPage County State's Attorney's office

Michael Santoro / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: May 22, 2013 1:24PM

A 19-year-old former student at Glenbard East High School in Lombard has been charged with planning to commit an act of violence at the school, DuPage County prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Michael Santoro appeared in court Wednesday morning and Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $500,000, according to a statement fromthe DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office said.

In November 2012, Santoro made plans “of a violent nature against the school,” according to the statement. The alleged plans remained unknown until February when Santoro revealed them to an acquaintance, who did not report the threat to police until two weeks ago, prosecutors said.

An investigation led by Lombard police led to the charges.

Authorities said at no time were students or staff at Glenbard East in any danger. Police worked closely with school officials to maintain safety, and determined Santoro acted alone, according to prosecutors.

In addition to the felony disorderly conduct, Santoro, of the 600 block of South Finley Road in Lombard, faces misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition without an FOID card.

The judge ordered home confinement and a GPS monitoring device should Santoro post bail. In addition, he was ordered to have no contact with anyone from Glenbard East and to stay away from the school.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 17 before Judge Kathryn Creswell in Wheaton.

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