Chicago Public Schools is warning parents and families about a potential written threat found inside a North Side high school.
The school district sent a letter Wednesday afternoon stating the threat was found written inside a student bathroom at Lane Tech College Prep. The threat apparently referenced a specific date – Oct. 31.
“We take all threats very seriously,” the letter states, “and we immediately contacted the Chicago Police Department who started an investigation, and CPS Office of Safety and Security.”
The district's letter did not include any other specifics about the threat other than the date referenced.
A CPD spokesperson on Friday said the department could not find any police records associated with such a threat. A CPS spokeswoman declined to comment on the situation beyond what was written in the letter.
Classes at Lane Tech and all other CPS schools remain canceled indefinitely during the ongoing Chicago Teachers Union strike. However, all school buildings remain open and accessible to students. The district's letter states that both the police department and the district’s department of Safety and Security will have an increased presence throughout the school day in and around Lane Tech.
Students will be scanned through metal detectors upon each entry to the building and backpacks and personal items will be passed through X-ray machines, the letter states.
Additionally, all visitors will be screened before, during and after school hours and school personnel will limit hall passes for emergencies only.
The letter states an investigation into the threat remains ongoing.
“We will keep you updated on the status of the investigation,” the letter states. “Safety is a collective responsibility, and it is everyone’s responsibility to immediately say something to school personnel when they see something that is not appropriate.”