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Villa Park

No arrest yet in Willowbrook High School bomb threat

VILLA PARK – The Villa Park Police Department is investigating a bomb threat that occurred last week at Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave.

Between 10:58 and 11:18 a.m. Jan. 9, an offender called the school telling personnel to evacuate the building and that a bomb would explode in 15 minutes, police said.

A soft lockdown was initiated, and police conducted a search of the grounds.

“As a precaution, we went into a soft lockdown to make sure everybody was safe, and it was quickly determined that the threat was unfounded,” said Dani Schweigert, director of community relations at DuPage High School District 88.

Students and faculty were in lockdown from about 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to Schweigert.

During a soft lockdown, teaching continues as normal, but classroom doors are locked to ensure the safety and security of students and staff, Schweigert said. The hallways of the school are also kept clear, so authorities can search the building, she said.

No arrests have been made, but a possible offender has been identified and search warrants have been issued, Villa Park Police Chief Bob Pavelchik said.

Pavelchik declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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