ELMHURST – At no point were students in danger during an incident March 1 at York Community High School in Elmhurst, during which a student ran out of his fourth-period class for unknown reasons and ignited a foot chase, officials said.
No weapons were involved in the incident, and no weapons were on school grounds, York Principal Erin DeLuga assured parents in an email sent at 3.52 p.m. March 1.
The student led school officials on a foot chase through the campus, and the student ultimately was caught near a second-story balcony overlooking the commons, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 spokeswoman Melea Smith confirmed in an email March 1.
A school resource officer, which is a police officer stationed at the school, responded and spoke to school administrators, Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said in an email March 2. The incident was not criminal and instead a school disciplinary issue, he said.
School administrators sent the student home with parents that school day, McLean said.
"I would like to assure everyone that at no time was any student or staff member unsafe. We asked the students who were seated in the commons area during the lunch period to move into the cafeteria for privacy concerns for one of our students," DeLuga said in an email sent at 12:26 p.m. March 1. "In light of recent events, we understand the importance of communication and wanted to assure everyone that the situation has been handled in an appropriate manner. We appreciate everyone's concern.
She added in the 3:52 p.m. email that students' safety is the school's "top priority."