Threat puts school on soft lockdown

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Update: 4:15 pm, 5/16/17, Tuesday 

CHAMPAIGN — An alleged threat kept students at one high school on lockdown all day.

Extra police were on hand at the High School of St. Thomas More because of a threat of potential gun violence. The threat was made over social media.

Police say a 16-year old, in Iroquois County, was responsible for it. Authorities went to the student’s house and talked with him and his parents.

They also searched a cellphone which may have been used to make the threat. The teen was left in the custody of his parents.

Depending on what officials find on the cellphone, the teen could be taken into police custody. 

Original: 12:42 pm, 5/16/17, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More High School has been put on soft lockdown.

School officials notified parents the school received a threat they “believed could have risen to a level of harm.” Police were notified and steps were taken to ensure the safety of students.

STM Principal Jason Schreder stated a letter to parents:

We believe that the threat posed today has been averted and Police are actively investigating and addressing any issue by the person(s) in question.  As a precautionary measure, STM is on a soft lockdown with a Champaign Police School Resource Officer present at our school. We will continue to work with the authorities to ensure a safe learning environment for our students, teachers, and staff.

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