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