Threat made at local elementary school


Schools, police putting precautions in place this week

ROCHELLE — Rochelle School Superintendent Jason Harper informed parents of a threatening message received at one of the elementary schools and how the threat is being handled.

In a letter sent out Sunday afternoon, parents were informed that on Friday evening, District 231 became aware of a threatening text message made by a student at May School. The district immediately notified the Rochelle Police Department and the investigation process started. The schools have been working under the lead of the Rochelle Police Department through the weekend. 

At this point, the Rochelle Police Department has concluded that this situation is not an imminent threat to students and staff. Also, there is no evidence of any other students from any other Rochelle school being involved. 

"All schools will operate as normal on Monday, but out of an abundance of caution, the Rochelle Police Department will have an increased presence at May School and all Rochelle schools," Harper said in the letter sent out to parents Sunday. "May School students' backpacks will be searched prior to entering school. All COVID19 protocols will still be followed."  

Harper added that it is understandable that not all families may feel comfortable sending their child(ren) to school this week.

"If that is the case, please notify your child’s school and your child(ren) may participate in the school’s remote learning program from home," he said. 

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