Charges filed against Streamwood teen over Snapchat photo
For the second time in as many days, a suburban teen has been charged with a felony after he was accused of posting potential threats against schools on social media.
Kelly Iten, who prosecutors say previously had been expelled from Streamwood High School, was charged with disorderly conduct and ordered held on $30,000 bail Wednesday.
Authorities say Iten posted a Snapchat photo Saturday afternoon that showed him holding what appeared to be an assault rifle with a caption that included the statements: "What school is first! Here's to a good time!"
The post raised "widespread concern," said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gates.
According to Gates, Iten, 19, admitted he uploaded the photo, posted it to Snapchat and sent the photo to a small group of friends. She said he told authorities the gun depicted was an Airsoft rifle.
Streamwood police subsequently recovered from the defendant's bedroom an Airsoft replica of an AR-15 firearm, Gates said.
Iten next appears in court on March 15.
Earlier this week, a Round Lake Beach teen was arrested after accusations he posted a video to Snapchat that appeared to show him loading shotgun shells into a gun, according to police. They say the weapon was an Airsoft gun which the shells did not fit.
That student, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, was charged with disorderly conduct. Students in that case contacted school authorities, who called police.