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Former Lincoln-Way Central Teacher Unfit to Face Threat Charges

Former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher Ryan Gardner will be taken from the Will County jail to a facility run by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

A former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher jailed for allegedly threatening district officials was found unfit to stand trial.

Ryan Gardner, 41, will be taken from the Will County jail to a facility run by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Garnder will be returned to Joliet to face the charges if his condition improves.

Gardner has been locked since Jan. 16. Before that, he was receiving psychiatric treatment at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.

Gardner was charged with making a Dec. 6 telephone call to Lincoln-Way School District Deputy Superintendent Thomas Eddy. About a week after the call to Eddy, the authorities in the Danville area—where Gardner is originally from and where he was living in December—learned of Gardner threatening to "shoot and kill" officials from the Lincoln-Way School District, a law enforcement official said.

Authorities also reportedly learned Gardner was talking about trying to get his hands on a gun and that he told at least one person in the Danville area that he was given permission by a minister to kill someone.

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Frankforter May 18, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Is there any information regarding what type of facility he will be held in?

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