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Carpentersville schools put on lockdown following text threat, gun report (Sun-Times Media)

CARPENTERSVILLE — Dundee-Crown High School and nearby Perry Elementary School were locked down for almost two hours Friday when it seemed that a Dundee-Crown student might be heading toward the campus to settle a grudge with a gun.

But things returned to normal by about 1 p.m. after the would-be gunman, an unnamed 17-year-old male senior, was taken in for questioning by Carpentersville police.

Acting Police Chief Mike Kilbourne said the incident apparently began Friday morning when the 17-year-old and another Dundee-Crown student had a fistfight at the school over some kind of disagreement. That fight was not immediately brought to the attention of the school’s police liaison officer.

About 11:15 a.m. however, Kilbourne said, a Dundee-Crown student received a text message from the 17-year-old saying he was going to get a gun and come to the school to settle the argument. He would not say whether that message was received by the boy involved in the earlier fight or by some third party.

Whoever the recipient was, he or she went to the school’s liaison officer and reported the threat, Kilbourne said. He said the liaison officer looked up the 17-year-old’s class schedule, went to the classroom where the boy should have been at that time and discovered he was absent. So School District 300 officials immediately ordered Dundee-Crown and Perry put on a rare “Code Red lockdown.” Some officers began searching room by room through the school at 1500 Kings Road while other searched off-campus for the missing youth with the gun and the grudge.

For the rest of the story, read Carpentersville schools put on lockdown following text threat, gun report (Sun-Times Media).

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LINK: Secure schools: Lockdowns just one way to make them — and students — safer (Sun-Times Media)

Concerned about the safety of your school after yesterday’s school shooting in Ohio? Here’s a link to a report I wrote this fall about school safety in Elgin School District U46 and Community Unit School District 300.

Secure schools: Lockdowns just one way to make them — and students — safer (Sun-Times Media)

Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.