Police Say Students are Safe After Gun Threat at L-W Central

According to the sheriff's department, a man called 911 using an untraceable phone at about 11:15 a.m., saying he was going to bring weapons to the school. According to administrators, everyone is safe.

was on lockdown Tuesday morning after an unknown caller threatened to bring weapons to school and start shooting.

According to police and Central Principal Steve Provis, students are not in danger.

"Everybody is absolutely safe," Provis said outside the school.

At least eight sheriff's deputy cars surrounded the high school after responding at 11:20 a.m. to an anonymous call that came through the Will County 911 dispatch.

Several deputies stood outside the school with guns. The school was on lockdown for about 40 minutes, and in that time no one was allowed in or out of the building.

By noon, the school was allowing students in and out of the building again. Police searched the entire school and are maintaining a presence throughout the day, sheriff's department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

District spokeswoman Stacy Holland said officers will be at the entrances of all four Lincoln-Way high schools for the rest of the day. She wasn't sure whether any more precautionary measures would be taken the rest of the week.

As of 3:30 p.m., police were still investigating the origin of the anonymous phone call, sheriff's department spokesman Ken Kaupas said. He said he hopes to know by Wednesday afternoon whether police will be able to track the number. Kaupas added that no guns were found in the school.

Holland said all Central students were inside the building during the lockdown and that classes proceeded as scheduled.

Lincoln-Way posted a news release to its website shortly after 1 p.m. that said officers "assessed the situation and determined there was no immediate threat to students in school."

"We do appreciate the immediate response of the Will County Sheriff's Department and New Lenox Police Department," Supt. Larry Wyllie said in the release.

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This article has been updated to reflect that the anonymous call went to the 911 dispatch, not the school.

Mike White March 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Thank you, Carol. I agree with you with most of your points, though the main one that I've been arguing here is that the school was, despite most parents' claims, proactive as well in keeping the students safe. Yes, the authorities have their role in an incident like this, but what people bashing the school don't realize is that administrators also have their roles to play, and in this case, they played them very well and deserve more credit than they've been getting, which is why I stepped up to argue for them. Perhaps I got slightly hot-headed during points in this argument, but I still maintain that I've spoken only true statements, and despite being a former student, that doesn't mean that I don't know what I'm talking about.
Bob March 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Streeter -- You have a problem.  Calm down.  You can't hold a discussion without name calling?  My ten year old is better than that!  You're best argument with a kid is to call him names and say he is stupid because he doesn't agree with you?  You claim to be an adult???  I dont know if the school is right or wrong but the kid sounds far more grown up than you.  The world has people who see things differently than you.  Get over it.  Grow up
Bob March 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
An unknown caller threatened to bring guns to school and start shooting.  What sort of profile might the police be interested in?  What sort of GUTLESS, insignificant little nutjob would hide behind an anonymous phone call to threaten a bunch of kids?  It would probably be a student, an alum or a parent -- someone with a connection to the school.  There might have been someone at the school who said something he didn't like or who didn't agree with his views.  It would have to be someone who responds to minor things irrationally I would imagine.  He gets angry very quickly and quite easily.  He is undoubtedly a bully.  Certainly a coward.  He clearly has a need to threaten people.  To let them know that HE knows where they live.  It seems to me that's the sort of profile the police need to look at.  Then subpoena the person's phone records from the phone company.  You know . . . to see if he placed a call to the school on the date and time in question.  Oh yeah, my guess is that the person the police are looking for has been following these comments on Patch.  Perhaps even commented himself . . .
taxpayer March 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Thank you Bob for saying what I was thinking. This "pro streeter" is the classic sign of a bully. I would suspect he is/was the kind of kid us parents wouldn't want our children to around with.
Michael Sewall March 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Everyone, thanks for your comments. I'm closing comments on this article now because it's really come down to name-calling and has strayed way too far from a real discussion about what happened. Thanks for reading. -Michael Sewall, New Lenox Patch editor


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