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Man Arrested for DUI Threatened to Hurt Kids at School: Police

A Palos Hills man referenced the Connecticut shooting massacre while in custody Monday, police said. Officers have removed guns and ammo from his home.

A Palos Hills man faces charges after telling police he was going to hurt children and referencing the Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Michael L. Lynch, 31, was arrested at around 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 8800 block of 107th Street. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct.

While in custody, Lynch told officers he was going to harm children at a school and would return to the police station to shoot people, Palos Hills police said. He also made references to hurting himself and to the tragedy at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school where 27 people died, including 20 children, six adults and the gunman.

Officers seized firearms and ammunition from Lynch’s home “for safe keeping,” police said.

Police said Lynch was intoxicated when he made these comments. The disorderly conduct charge stems from the statements about harming himself and other people. Lynch was hospitalized after his arrest.

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engineerX December 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Simple solution to these morons that threaten our schools........Hire an off duty Police officer with weapon(they all need extra cash). Pay him $40k year, All visitors 1 way in 1 way out, 200 thousand grammer schools in the country =200 thousand jobs=tax money for goverment, income for cop, safe children.....win win for all
engineerX December 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM
They will release him,watch him for a week or two, give him back his guns. Then if he goes through with his comments....Everyone will blame the gun owners.....
Nikki G December 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I'm having a hard time understanding what people honestly think could have been done to stop the tragedy in CT. The guns were all legally purchased...the school only had one door access - he shot out a different door to get in... Having teachers carry guns is insane and unrealistic. It takes a tragedy to step up security until Jan 8th and then everything will be back to normal. There hasn't been a rash of school shootings. One psycho in one small town across the country doesn't mean we need to spend a ton of money having armed security patrol the halls. Also , there's enough Palos officers on payroll that they can rotate turns sitting outside the school if that'll help parents feel better.
Ronnie "The limo Driver" December 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The devil isn't working overtime, he's always on the clock Gina!!! Just like our savor JESUS CHRIST almighty and Theodore Fotsis!! Bye 4 now, ack ack
Laura Wagner December 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I like engineerX's idea let's go w that..... I have kids in palos schools and it is scary....but unfortunately the world we live in is scary period!!!!!!

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