CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Champaign Centennial High School and Champaign Police are investigating a threat made on social media Friday morning.
The school’s associate principal, Liza Thomas, sent out a communication just before 8:30 a.m., informing school families and staff that they were made aware of a generic social media threat Friday morning.
Champaign Police Deputy Chief Olmstead said that Champaign Police were dispatched to Centennial High School at 7:58 a.m. on May 5 after officers were told there was a threat of violence made against the school. The threat was being shared by students on a social media app.
Police said that shared message did not make any references to any school by name and does not appear local. Additionally, because the threat was non-specific, police said it is possible that students at other schools shared the same message.
Champaign Police said that, because of the nature of the threat, they immediately responded to Centennial to provide a visible presence during the start of the school day.
School will remain in session today, but Thomas said that as an added precaution, there will be an increased presence of law enforcement.
Champaign Police continue to coordinate with officials from Unit 4 School District to ensure the safety of all area schools, Olmstead said.
Likewise, Thomas said Centennial will continue to work to ensure the safety of each student and staff member at the school. The school is asking the school community to report any suspicious activity or behavior on the Securly app, online, or by calling 833-800-STOP.
Champaign Police said the investigation remains ongoing.