OAK LAWN, Ill. – On Wednesday night, Oak Lawn Community High School was evacuated after a threat was called into the Oak Lawn Police Department’s dispatch center.
The police department responded with a significant presence and urged people to avoid the area around the school while officers cleared the building.
“The building has been evacuated. Officers continue to clear the building. Thus far nothing has been found,” Oak Lawn Police said in a statement posted via Twitter.
The police department has confirmed that there was no active shooter at the school, despite rumors circulating on social media. Officials have not released any further details regarding the nature of the threat or any potential suspects.
The incident remains under investigation, and the department is urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact them.
Communities across Illinois and the U.S. are on high alert today after swatting calls targeting schools have been reported in multiple counties. As of 3 p.m. today, Illinois State Police reported 19 counties received a total of 21 threats directed towards schools, but responders have not found any actual threats as a result of these calls.
Further details about the threat at Oak Lawn Community High School have not been released.
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