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Police, Cary-Grove High School officials investigate social media threat

Cary police determine threat was 'broad'

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CARY – Community High School District 155 officials sent Cary-Grove High School staff and parents an email alerting them that a threat had been made on social media Wednesday morning.

Administrators, a school resource officer, Cary police and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office took “immediate action” to ensure students’ and staff’s safety, Cary-Grove Principal Neil Lesinski wrote in the email.

“I want to thank our students and parents for contacting us immediately to report a concerning social media post,” Lesinski said. “We encourage you, our students and our staff to continue to report information to us when you see it.”

Cary police investigated the matter and determined there was no threat, Chief Patrick M. Finlon said. He added that the threat was “broad” and did not necessarily target Cary-Grove High School.

The school was not locked down, and no one is in custody, Finlon said.

Finlon said the incident escalated throughout the day after a student saw a threatening message. He would not comment on where the student saw the message or what the message said. Finlon only would describe the threat as “vague.”

District 155 director of communications Shannon Podzimek declined to comment on the incident, citing student privacy.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers also declined to comment.

District 155 officials said safety is their top priority. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Lesinski, dean of students Jim Kelly or Amy Langelund at 847-639-3825.

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