UPDATE: Bomb Threat at Hononegah High School

ROCKTON (WIFR) -- Hononegah High School will be open Thursday. Wednesday night evening activities at the high school were canceled so the district could further address concerns about a bomb threat.

Hononegah School Superintendent Lynn Gibson says "Obviously with the events, the tragedy from last week, everything is in a heightened sense. The climate is watchful. And to make sure that we are safe and Hononegah and all our regional schools."

The Rockton Police and Fire Departments used the bomb threat as a training exercise Wednesday night. The school was put in a Code Red Lockdown Wednesday after noon around 3:00 p.m. when someone called in that threat. "Code Red" means classroom doors are locked and students can't be seen from windows. Rockton Police Chief Steve Dickson say they searched the building and didn't find anything.

"We took the opportunity with the events that unfolded earlier in the day just to re-familiarize everyone with the building and do some joint training," Dickson said.

UPDATE: Hononegah High School has reported they are out of the code red and all clear. There was a bomb threat. Rockton Police dept. cleared the building and found NO bomb. There is NO threat to Hononegah. Students are being released now.

ROCKTON (WIFR) -- In the interest of student safety, Hononegah High School has activated its emergency procedure and has gone into a CODE RED HARD LOCKDOWN.

From Hononegah's website:

In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, we want to address the rumors of potential violence at Hononegah on Friday. This information is being released to inform and not to alarm or cause a panic. As always, Hononegah takes every threat seriously and continues to investigate each one for validity; however, there has been no evidence of potential violence and no credible threats to Hononegah.

Administration has determined that the rumor is being fueled by social media. We are working closely with the police and area schools, who are experiencing similar circumstances, to investigate the rumors.

Social workers and school psychologists are available for students, families, and staff who may need to talk about concerns. The District continues to review its school safety plan to provide a safe, orderly environment for students and staff.

Should you have questions, please contact:

Lynn Gibson, Superintendent, at (815) 624-5062 (lgibso@hononegah.org), Kim Suedbeck, Assistant Superintendent, at (815) 624-5014 (ksuedb@hononegah.org), or the Discipline/Attendance Office at (815) 624-5020.

For more information: http://hononegah.il.schoolwebpages.com/education/district/district.php?sectiondetailid=1&

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