WESTERN SPRINGS – Lyons Township High School’s South Campus in Western Springs was put on hard lockdown at 9:25 a.m. Sept. 26 because of an accidental PA announcement from the school’s Blue Point Notification system, according to a statement from Lyons Township High School District 204.
Police from several local agencies responded and, as a precautionary measure, cleared the school room by room. The school was searched several times before it was determined to be safe, according to a Western Springs Police Department news release.
At 10:20 a.m., an all-clear was provided by the Western Springs Police Department.
The school recently installed a Blue Point Notification system. The system is similar to a fire-pull station. In the event of a police emergency, the Blue Point system, which is located at several locations throughout the school, can be activated, police said in the release.
According to an update on the district's website, installers from Blue Point Notification system were connecting additional pull stations in The Corral when they inadvertently tripped the PA announcement while trying to silence the PA announcement portion of the system. A pre-recorded message was then played at the campus.
The issue was isolated to the PA announcement, so the full system was not activated and text notifications were not sent. In addition, police were not dispatched to the scene as a result of the Blue Point system but because they were notified by the school resource officer, the update stated.
"To that end, we are appreciative of all agencies who responded immediately and implemented safety protocols efficiently as a precautionary measure," the district stated on its website. "At no point was there a threat to the safety of students or staff."