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Crime & Courts

Social media threat made against St. Francis High School

Police have not found any credible evidence of threat of violence

Classes and activities are continuing as normal at St. Francis High School in Wheaton following an apparent social media threat made against the high school.
Classes and activities are continuing as normal at St. Francis High School in Wheaton following an apparent social media threat made against the high school.

WHEATON – Police investigating an apparent social media threat made against St. Francis High School in Wheaton have not found any credible evidence of a threat of violence, according to a news release from the city of Wheaton.

The Wheaton Police Department responded to a call the evening of Aug. 26 referencing a possible threat to student safety at St. Francis, the release stated. The threat is alleged to have circulated on social media, according to the release.

The Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information should contact Detective Tim Kolzow at 630-260-2147 or Lt. Bill Cooley at 630-260-2077.

In a statement sent to parents Aug. 26, St. Francis President Betsy Ackerson said there was no reason to cancel classes Aug. 27, and school would be open and operating on a normal schedule.

"I write to let you know that earlier this evening, the Wheaton police received a call of an alleged threat of violence circulating on social media made against St. Francis High School to occur later this week," Ackerson said. "They are actively conducting an investigation and St. Francis High School leadership is actively cooperating with the investigation. I have alerted the chair and vice chair of the board of this situation. Please be assured that our first and highest priority is the safety and well-being of your children, our students, the faculty, staff, and volunteers at St. Francis High School."

 

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