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Student, 19, charged with threatening classmate on Facebook

WORTH (MCT) — A 19-year-old high school student threatened to kill his classmate on Facebook last week and later told authorities he had been planning to do so for a year, Cook County prosecutors said Sunday.

Thomas Braasch, of southwest suburban Worth, told another male classmate on Wednesday on Facebook that he would kill him at school the next day, said Assistant State's Attorney Anthony Gattuso.

The two attend Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, according to court records.

The message was viewed by other students and a school employee, who alerted administrators. Braasch was immediately escorted by school security to the school office when he arrived to school the next day, Gattuso said. The teen was not carrying a weapon, he added.

Braasch admitted to law enforcement and school officials that he planned on killing the other boy, saying he was going to bring a gun to school and "pop" the classmate, Gattuso said. The teen said he wanted the classmate to stop bothering him and that he knew he'd get into trouble for posting the threat on the popular social media website, prosecutors said.

After his arrest, Braasch was charged with disorderly conduct and a judge set his bail at $150,000 in Cook County bond court Sunday. His next court date is Tuesday. Court records also state Braasch lives in Alsip.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune
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