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Police to guard Lemont schools overnight in response to bomb threat

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 7:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:48 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – Lemont police will remain at Oakwood and River Valley schools overnight in response to a threat written on an exterior wall at Oakwood indicating the school will be bombed Tuesday.

“We take all of the threats very seriously,” said Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Superintendent Susan Birkenmaier.

Parents were notified about the threat Sunday evening. Approximately 20 percent of Oakwood and River Valley students did not attend school Monday, according to a letter sent to parents from the district Monday evening.

School buildings and grounds were searched by the Cook Country Sheriff's K-9 unit, as well as by Lemont police and school district staff, none of whom found evidence of a bomb.

“Uneventful, I guess, would be the word of the day,” said Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy. “It was probably a prank.”

Officers were present on school grounds all day Monday and will continue to police the property Tuesday. Neither Oakwood nor River Valley went into lockdown mode in response to the threat.

Police will continue to investigate the incident and anyone with information is encouraged to contact district officials at 630-257-2286.

“We'd like to identify who did it,” Shaughnessy said.

In Monday's letter, the district emphasized its preparedness and execution of safety drills, providing parents with advice about how to discuss school safety with their children.

“We go through all kinds of safety training,” said Birkenmaier “We feel as well-prepared as we can be.”

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