UPDATE: Attendance down 40% at Hononegah due to threat

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Update: May 17, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Some students chose to stay home from school after a threat was found at Hononegah High School.

The school district reports attendance was down nearly 40% due to a threat written in the school's computer lab saying there would be a shooting at the school today.

Rockton Police had extra officers on hand and will continue their increased presence at the school through the remainder of the week.

Investigators say they have not found any evidence that the threat is credible.

Updated: May 16, 2017 10:10pm

ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) -- School officials tell 23 News students can expect to see a strong police presence at Hononegah High School on Wednesday. This comes after the school says they discovered a written threat in the computer lab.

The threat reportedly read "I'm shooting up the school 5/17/17, you were warned".

Hononegah High School tells 23 News they are working with Rockton Police to get to the bottom of the threat. Investigators say they've been taking the threat seriously, interviewing people. However, right now, they have found no evidence to suggest the threat is credible.

Lindsay Castronovo, a parent of two freshmen at Hononegah says her kids will not be at school tomorrow.

"The biggest part of you just wants to think it's just some kid trying to start drama and stir things up but there's certainly that part of you that's nervous and hope nothing tragic happens", says Castronovo.


ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) – Hononegah High School says their doors will be open tomorrow following a threat of a school shooting.

The school says they are aware of a photo circulating on social media that says “I’m shooting up the school 5-17-17. You were warned.”

The school tells us they are working with Rockton Police to investigate.

Authorities say they are taking the threat seriously have been interviewing people. At this time, police have found no evidence to suggest the threat is credible.

Below is the statement from Hononegah High School:

"At Hononegah Community High School today, there was a written threat found in a computer lab stating that a school shooting would occur on Wednesday, May 17. The situation is under investigation, and the District is working with the police department. Administration was made aware of the written threat by a teacher. The police were contacted immediately.

There is no evidence to suggest the threat is credible.

Staff and parents have received information regarding this situation. Additional police presence will be in the school tomorrow and until the investigation is concluded.

“We always take any threats against our district very seriously. The safety of our students is our utmost priority,” stated Hononegah Superintendent Lynn Gibson."