Addison Trail high school student charged with allegedly threatening school staff on Instagram – Cardinal News

Michael Gamboa, posting a threatening message on Instagram against school staff (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Addison Police Superintendent Timothy Hayden announced today that an eighteen-year-old Addison Trail High School student was accused of posting a threatening message on Instagram against school staff. Michael Gamboa, 18, of the 2N100 block of Vista Avenue, Lombard, appeared for a bail hearing this morning where Judge Demetrios Panoushis set bail at $5,000 with 10% to be applied. He was charged with one count of falsely reporting a threat to a school building or person, a Class 4 felony. Additionally, Michael Gamboa’s father, Jesus, 54 (ddn 12/27 /1967) of the same address, was charged with one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, a Class 4 felony. Senior Gamboa appeared this morning at a bail hearing during which Judge John Kinsella set a personal bond of $25,000.

On May 19, 2022, a photo was discovered on Instagram by students at Addison Trail High School of a man holding a black gun with a threatening caption. A student immediately reported the message to a teacher who informed the school principal at the time that the principal issued a lockdown to the school. Following an investigation into the post by the Addison Police Department, it is alleged that Michael Gamboa, a senior at Addison Trail High School, is the owner of the Instagram account. It is alleged that while neither Gamboa nor any other student at Addison Trail High School is the individual in the photo, Gamboa released the photo earlier today. While executing a search warrant at Gamboa’s home, authorities found a 9mm pistol in the parents’ bedroom. It is alleged that the weapon belonged to Michael Gamboa’s father, Jesus, who is a convicted felon and as such he is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

“First and foremost, I thank the students who have brought this matter to the attention of the school authorities. As I have said in the past, but it bears repeating, any threat to the well-being of our students, teachers and school staff will be taken very seriously. Threats at school are no joke and can cause fear and anxiety not only to students, teachers and staff, but also to parents, siblings and the whole community. Anyone suspected of making a threat will be thoroughly investigated and duly charged. I thank the authorities of Addison Trail High School for their cooperation in this matter as well as the Addison Police Department. I also thank Assistant State Attorneys Kelly McKay, Kelsey Kerr and Anthony Pasquini for their efforts.

– Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney

“Whether it was done in jest or with malicious intent, threats of school violence are unacceptable. This is incredibly destructive to the school environment, and we will aggressively hold those responsible for their actions.

— Timothy Hayden, Addison Police Superintendent

Michael Gamboa’s next hearing is scheduled for June 13, 2022, for arraignment before Judge Ann Celine O’Halaren Walsh. Jesus Gamboa’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 24, 2022, for arraignment before Judge Kinsella.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only accusations and does not constitute proof of the guilt of the defendants. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which the onus is on the government to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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