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Gun threat puts Evanston High School on lockdown

EVANSTON, Ill.  — Evanston Township High School is on lockdown due to a phone call from someone claiming he was planning to shoot people at the school.

The threat was received at the beginning of the school day from an anonymous male caller who said he was upset about a girl breaking up with him and was going to bring a gun to the school to shoot people, Evanston police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said.

Police did not know whether the caller or the girlfriend referenced in the threat are students at the school, located at 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston.

All students were monitored when they came into the building and the school provided an increased police presence, Guenther said. The campus remains closed to outside visitors and parents have been notified of the lockdown.

“We know that schools do periodically receive anonymous threats, such as bomb threats, and those threats are usually not credible,” a notice on the school Web site said. “Nonetheless, we are working with the Evanston Police Department and taking all necessary steps to protect our students and staff.”

School officials directed parents not to come to school Wednesday or ask that their children be dismissed. The school will be secure all day, and there will be a “huge” police presence when school is dismissed, the school Web site said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed tot this report.

Read the original article from WBBM News Radio.

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