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SHS gets threat of violence

Sycamore High School administrators were notified Sunday of a general threat of violence to come Tuesday, forcing them to enact preventive safety measures with the Sycamore Police Department.

The threat came in the form of a note posted in a local grocery store, Schools Superintendent Wayne Riesen said. Riesen declined to identify the store.

“It addressed potential violence at Sycamore High School,” Riesen said. “It didn't address how or what, but it was specific to the day March 4.”

Classes were not in session Monday in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day. School will be in session Tuesday for the 1,150 students enrolled at the school, with heightened security. Officers from the police department will be present to maintain security.

“These are standard procedures, but we will do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff,” Riesen said.

Students and people within the area are encouraged to contact the police department or the high school if they see any weapons or materials that could be harmful, Sycamore Police Chief Don Thomas said Monday.

“If people overhear conversations and hear of anyone making threats tomorrow or anytime, (they should) tell their parents or the police department,” Thomas said.

Police patrols will be increased near the school, along with officers stationed inside, Thomas said.

SHS Security Measures

A threat targeting Sycamore High School came in the form of a note posted in a local grocery store Sunday. Though it did not identify a form of violence, the threat specified March 4 as the expected date.

Safety measures:

• Entry and exit will be allowed only through the school's main doors. Bus drop-off will remain the same.

• Students and visitors will be subject to a search and pat-down before they are allowed to enter the school.

• The Sycamore Police Department will be on campus to provide additional security throughout the day.

• No backpacks, bags or purses will be permitted. If these items are brought to the building, they will be subject to search and will be checked into the main office for retrieval at the end of the day.

• All building doors will remain locked throughout the day.

• Student mobility will be greatly limited. Students may leave class only with an adult escort.

• All students must have their student identification cards to enter and exit the building.

• Morning activities in the field house are canceled Tuesday.

• While administrators are confident that appropriate precautions are being taken, parents who feel compelled to excuse their students from class Tuesday are asked to call the attendance office at 815-899-8131. Counselors will be made available to students. A reward will be offered to anyone who provides help enabling the district to apprehend those responsible for the threat.

Questions can be directed to Schools Superintendent Wayne Riesen at 815-899-8103 and Chief Don Thomas, Lt. Darrell Johnson and Sgt. Steve Cook at the Sycamore Police Department at 815-895-3435.

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