Huntley High School cancels some after-school activities after bullets found at school

Huntley HS put on lockdown after ammunition spotted in hallway

HUNTLEY – Some after-school activities at Huntley High School were canceled Friday as police continued to search the building after the discovery of bullets in a school hallway.

Police had completed the search as of Friday afternoon.

Activities scheduled before 5:30 p.m. were canceled but activities after 5:30 p.m. were set to be held, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Michael Klunk said about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

A police officer would be on-site at the school during activities “out of an abundance of caution,” Principal Scott Rowe said in a notice to parents.

Officials put the school on lockdown after a student found two 9 mm bullets in the hallway outside the College and Careers office Friday morning.

Klunk said police on the scene, 13719 Harmony Road, talked to students and reviewed security video footage to determine where the bullets came from. Police had completed an initial room-by-room search with K-9 units by Friday afternoon.

Klunk said no additional bullets or causes for concern were discovered during the search.

“We still have to review more video and talk to a few more students,” he said. “But at this point everything can pretty much go back to normal.”

Students weren’t allowed to move between classrooms. No one was allowed to come into or go out of the building during the investigation during school hours.

There is no known danger for students or the surrounding area, Klunk said.

Leggee Elementary School, located just northwest of the high school, also was put on soft lockdown as a precaution, said Dan Armstrong, director of communications for Huntley School District 158. The lockdown was lifted and students were dismissed on schedule Friday afternoon, according to a notice from the district.

Several cars waited outside the high school in attempt to pick up students inside during the incident.

Huntley High School parent Laura Dour said she had dropped her daughter off at school five minutes before the lockdown, which is why she was at the school.

“They are going to be in these classrooms the rest of the day,” Dour said. “I’m not worried. I’ve been watching the cops and they are walking pretty calm, and the kids know what is going on. It’s more just [waiting out] the investigation.”

Kara Calder said she experienced a similar situation. She had been scheduled to pick up her sister for a blended class, but the lockdown was in place when she arrived.

“I feel like they have it somewhat under control,” Calder said. “[My sisters] have been texting me. … They just keep saying it’s going to be an all-day thing and the only way they are going to release people is if they do it one by one and search everyone.”

It’s not the first time in recent months local police and the district have had to work together. A Marlowe Middle School student was charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct in October after posting a threatening video on social media. Another case of racially motivated threats toward a District 158 student was investigated by Huntley police in November.

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