DeSmet freshman arrested for hacking into school systems

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police took a DeSmet Jesuit High School freshman into custody on Thursday for something school officials found on his laptop.

Principal Rebore shared the news with concerned parents through an e-mail. He says that there was never any threat of physical violence. But, investigators worked over the weekend to bring closeure to the situation.

The full letter to parents is posted below. More details will be posted as this story develops.

Dear Parents,

This will be my last email to you regarding the situation involving our internet/email challenges. I am now able to share more information about our investigation and its conclusion.

Yesterday in my office, two Creve Coeur detectives took a freshman into custody after we shared with police what was found on his school-issued laptop. The arrest was done after school hours, though several students saw it. There was never any threat of physical violence, and the arrest was made without incident.

The student is not allowed on campus and will be expelled. We believe this student acted alone.

Our team, consisting of IT, administrators, outside consultants, and the police, worked diligently and collaboratively to bring closure to this situation as quickly as possible. I’m proud of the team’s talent and dedication, and appreciate their willingness to work through the Easter Break.

We want to use this situation as a teaching moment for your sons. We are working with outside resources to develop some workshops or small assemblies to impress upon our young men the seriousness of what was done and the obligations that they have to use technology responsibly.

Thank you for all the emails, calls, questions and comments you have sent me over the last week. Most importantly, thanks for the trust you placed in us as we worked through this process.

Have a nice weekend!

Dr. Ron Rebore
Principal

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