School district cancels classes after threat

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UPDATE (2:17 p.m. on 11/03/21) — Police chief Whitney Renaker said Georgetown Police requested the assistance from the East Central Illinois Bomb Squad to investigate the threat.

Officers and K9s performed a search of Georgetown – Ridge Farm High School, Mary Miller Junior High and Pinecrest Elementary Schools. At the conclusion of the search, it was determined the threat was unfounded.

Georgetown Police have continued to investigate the threats throughout the day. During the course of the investigation, it has been discovered the threat was initiated after a dispute on a gaming console.

At this time, police said it has been determined there was no imminent or credible threat to any of the schools.

They are still investigating this incident.

Chief Renaker said Georgetown-Ridge Farm Schools will reopen on Thursday.


GEORGETOWN, Ill. (WCIA) — School is canceled today for Georgetown – Ridge Farm students after a phone threat was made.

Georgetown Police said they received information of the threat around 4:15 a.m. They said after speaking with Georgetown – Ridge Farm Superintendent, Dr. Jean Neal, a decision was quickly made to close the district for the remainder of the day.

Dr. Neal posted the school closure on social media around 6:00 a.m.

The threat is under investigation.

This story will be updated.

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