UPDATE: Arrest made in Freeport bomb threat

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Updated January 10, 2018, 12:10 p.m.

UPDATE: FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) – 21-year-old Roy L. Jones has been arrested for allegedly making the bomb threat that was received by the Freeport School District on Monday.

Jones faces a class 3 felony charge of disorderly conduct and could spend 2-5 years in the department of corrections as well as a fine no less than $3,000.

The ongoing investigation led Freeport Police to Jones, who is not a student with the Freeport School District.

Jones is considered innocent until proven guilty.


Posted January 8, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Officials evacuated students at Freeport High School and the district's two alternative high schools after a bomb threat was made Monday morning.

Freeport School District Superintendent Mike Schiffman says all the students were moved to Freeport Middle School while the buildings were checked for explosive devices. The buildings were determined to be safe.

School officials say the threat was left as a voicemail, however they cannot identify a caller at this time.

"While they were over there they were able to relax and sit down, and that allowed us to do our job that we needed to do and that's just to make sure everything was safe", said Schiffman. "That's one of the keys to any type of threat is that we want to make sure that we keep our students safe".

Students returned to class around 9 a.m. Investigators are now looking into where the call came from.