Former Illinois University Student Released Following Alleged Terrorist Threat


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Bourbonnais, IL – An Urbana resident and former Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) student was released by the courts after being arrested for an alleged terrorist threat aimed at his alma mater. 

According to Bourbonnais police, the suspect, identified as Boston Brooks, was apprehended by the Urbana Police Department on charges related to the threat, which placed the university on high alert. Despite the serious nature of the accusations, Brooks was released under the provisions of the SAFE-T Act, triggering a wave of concern and increased security measures across the ONU campus. 

The unsettling revelation prompted a swift response from the Bourbonnais Police Department, working in concert with other agencies to maintain a reinforced police presence at the university. This proactive approach aims to reassure the campus community as it grapples with the implications of the incident.

The University’s Public Safety Department is taking the lead in bolstering campus safety, while actively encouraging students and faculty to remain alert and report any suspicious behavior. The situation has underscored the importance of community and the critical role that quick reporting can play in averting potential crises.

As the ONU community navigates through the emotional fallout of the incident, the ethos of safety and solidarity has never been more pronounced. With Brooks’s impending legal proceedings casting a shadow of uncertainty, the university’s leadership is steadfast in their commitment to the welfare of their students and staff. The coming days will undoubtedly be marked by a community striving to uphold a sense of normalcy amidst a landscape of heightened vigilance.


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