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Unfounded threat causes lockdown in McHenry District 156

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:18 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – Both McHenry District 156’s campuses were under a soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon after police notified school officials of a threat that ultimately was unfounded.

McHenry police informed school officials at 1:30 p.m. of a possible person with a gun inside McHenry High School East, Principal Lynn Schnelker said. But police quickly found the threat to be false.

Information about a lockdown at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., on Tuesday was somehow misconstrued and relayed to McHenry police as a gun threat at McHenry East, Schnelker said.

Carroll University was under a lockdown in the morning after students there reported seeing a man with a gun.

Police in Waukesha later arrested a man and confiscated an air gun, according to media reports.

For about an hour, both District 156’s East and West campuses were under a soft lockdown while McHenry police investigated the threat. The lockdown was lifted shorty after 2:30 p.m., Schnelker said.

School was allowed to continue while classrooms and offices were locked from the inside.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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