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Parker Junior High School officials Wednesday quickly responded to rumors about potential violence at the school before determining that the alleged threat was unfounded.


In an email to parents Wednesday morning, Parker Principal David Kennedy said Flossmoor police and School District 161 administrators investigated the allegations before deciding it was safe to resume normal activities at the school.

“The administration wants parents to be aware of the facts surrounding this rumor,” Kennedy said.


The incident started just as Parker students entered the building on Wednesday morning, Kennedy said. School officials learned that a student “was talking about committing a violent act” on that day.

Police were immediately notified about the situation and students were instructed to go straight to their homerooms and remain there until further instructions were given.

The district’s School Safety Plan was implemented, Kennedy said. Students were interviewed about the alleged comments.

“The result of the investigation is that the rumor was discovered to be unfounded,” Kennedy said.

At that point, students were told that the building was safe and they could resume their normal schedule.

“Once again, please be assured that school safety is a top concern in District 161,” Kennedy said.

In the email Kennedy said parents may wish to review with their children “the serious consequences that can arise when rumors are started.”

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