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Roxana students are released from the school after the lockdown.
EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons filed disorderly conduct charges Wednesday against three male juveniles in connection with a false report of shots fired at Roxana High School Tuesday afternoon.
Two of the juveniles are 15 and live in Roxana and Wood River. A third juvenile, 16, is from South Roxana. While the charges are felonies, the cases will remain in juvenile court. The juvenile petitions were filed Wednesday.
Police were contacted Tuesday afternoon at 1:08 p.m. regarding a possible active shooter at Roxana High School. The lockdown was lifted an hour later after multiple responding agencies determined there were no shots fired nor was there an active shooter. The investigation by police subsequently determined that the threat, sent via text message, was a hoax.
The male juveniles were taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center in Edwardsville. Potential penalties range from supervision, probation or juvenile department of corrections.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.