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Lockdown lifted at Belvidere North after 'safety concern'

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Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 9:44 AM CDT
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Belvidere School District 100 has lifted a lockdown for Belvidere North High School and surrounding schools after a 911 call prompted a "safety concern" for the district.

The lockdown included Belvidere North, Belvidere Central Middle School, and Seth Whitman Elementary School. It was lifted shortly after 1 p.m.

Belvidere North High School is dismissing early, while Seth Whitman and Central Middle School will dismiss at their normal schedule.

Buses are ready for students to take their regular route home. High school students who need to wait for a ride will be waiting at the stadium for pick up.

Boone County Sheriff David Ernest said school grounds were "secure" shortly after 10 a.m., but the three schools remained on lockdown for several hours. Police say there was no evidence found to support claims from a 911 call.

Ernest says the call that prompted the lockdown is still part of an active investigation. If you have an information, contact the Boone County Sheriff's Office or Belvidere police.

A post on the Belvidere School District's Facebook page alerted the community to the situation Thursday morning:

District 100 wants to update you on a situation that is happening at Belvidere North High School today. Administration...

Posted by Belvidere School District 100 on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Parents were asked to go to the former Shopko at 1400 Big Thunder Boulevard for information. while the school was on lockdown.

For the latest updates, watch the Facebook Lives below:

UPDATE: The lockdown has been lifted. The Boone County Sheriff provides an afternoon update after "safety concerns" prompted a lockdown at Belvidere North High School and nearby schools.

Posted by WIFR TV on Thursday, August 22, 2019

WATCH LIVE: The Boone County Sheriff provides another update after "safety concerns" prompted a lockdown at Belvidere North High School and nearby schools.

Posted by WIFR TV on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Update on lockdown at Belvidere North High School.

Posted by WIFR TV on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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