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MATTOON (JG-TC) -- A teenager charged with making an online threat regarding Mattoon High School appeared at a Coles County juvenile court hearing Thursday.

This Mattoon girl, who was 14 at the time of her Feb. 22 arrest, appeared at the hearing alongside defense attorney Matthew Ham, who was appointed on Feb. 23 to represent her. Ham asked for a continuance, without objection from the Coles County State's Attorney's Office. Circuit Judge Mitch Shick subsequently set the girl's next hearing date for March 15 before Circuit Judge Matt Sullivan.

Authorities brought the girl to Thursday's hearing in handcuffs and ankle cuffs. After the hearing, she was returned to the custody of a juvenile detention facility. During the hearing, Ham said she has been assigned to this facility for 30 days and is scheduled to be released from custody on March 23.

The girl was arrested on a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, according to the Mattoon Police Department. The charge alleges that she used the Snapchat app to convey a threat of gun violence toward the high school on Feb. 22. The department has reported that the threat was found to be a hoax, and that the juvenile had no intention of carrying out any violence and did not have access to firearms.


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