School officials: Niles High gun threat rumor ‘unfounded’

Published 1:15 pm Friday, January 8, 2016

A Niles school official says there is no credible evidence to support a rumor that someone was going to bring a gun to Niles High School.

Principal Robin Hadrick said Friday afternoon that the rumor originated from a text message sent from a student to several other students Friday. The text message essentially said that the student heard that one or more people were going to bring guns to the high school.

That message was then shared with other students via social media, causing some measure of uncertainty and concern among the student body and parents that were contacted by students.

Hadrick, who said she saw the original text message, said there was no threat of violence contained in the text message.

She said school officials contacted authorities, including the school’s liaison officer, once they learned of the situation.

An investigation, Hadrick said, revealed that there is no credible evidence to the rumor.

The school was not placed on lockdown and classes went on as normal as school officials investigated the rumor, Hadrick said.

However, the school’s perimeter doors remained locked as usual.

The Niles Community Schools District released the following statement about the rumor:

Niles Administration has investigated a rumor suggesting a potential threat at the high school. After working with local law enforcement to assess the level of the threat and the next steps to be taken to ensure all students and staff are safe, it was determined that the rumor was unfounded. The safety of our students is our primary concern, which is why we had already implemented a series of steps to ensure their well-being. These steps were taken immediately upon receiving this threat. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office. We are aware that some students left the campus upon hearing of the threat. Given the recent incidents at schools across the country, this is understandable. However, we plan to review school safety measures with the entire student population to ensure they are aware of the appropriate procedures moving forward to maximize student safety.