CREVE COEUR, Mo. - About two weeks ago, something strange started happening to the computer network inside De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur. The internet was really slow and unresponsive. On some days websites were blocked.
Fast forward to last weekend when a hacker got into the school's email distribution list and started sending emails to teachers and students.
On Wednesday, a Twitter user called DeSmet Internet started posting messages bragging about contacting teachers and saying "We are Legion, We do not forgive."
"We can't confirm the emails are connected with this so called De Smet hacker or tweets. This person sent out a youtube video and embedded with it was a virus and our system shut that down immediately," said Principal Ron Rebore, Jr.
While this might be an end-of-year prank to get out of final exams, the consequences for hacking into a network are severe. According Federal and State cybercrime laws penalties could range anywhere from a misdemeanor to a felony.
"Some of their actions could have some major consequences to other people and to themselves. If this, in fact, is a student, this is very serious….the safety of our students is very important. This is not a joke," said Dr. Repore.
He added, "The police are involved because we want to make sure our school is safe…. If I feel there are threatening tweets I would be remiss if I didn't contact anyone who could help us."