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St. Anne High School, Kankakee Area Career Center in soft lockdown after Anonymous Threat

KANKAKEE – An anonymous threat has been made to St. Anne High School and the Kankakee Area Career Center (KACC).

Kankakee Area Career Center Executive Director Matthew Kelly was notified of the threat which was active for today, September 7th, around 8:30 pm last night.

“The safety and security of our students and staff are paramount.” Kelly explained in a statement posted Tuesday.  “We were notified of an anonymous call made to the Kankakee County Dispatch regarding a possible threat to St. Anne High School and the Kankakee Area Career Center.  The threat was apparently posed for today, Sept 7th 2021”

The schools have increased security since the threat was made.

“While the threat is unsubstantiated, we take all threats seriously.  Both KACC and St. Anne High School have prepared accordingly.” Kelly assured.  “Precautionary measures include armed police presence at both schools throughout the day.  Visitors will be restricted and both schools will operate on a soft lockdown.”

Both schools will watch for any suspicious activity in the area throughout the day.

St. Anne High School voted to mandate masks for students in an effort to regain State standings last week. It’s unclear if the threat has anything to do with the school’s recent compliance efforts.

Kankakee Area Career Center serves multiple high schools in the area, including Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Kankakee High School, and Manteno High School along with others.

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