Urbana High School receives another threatening phone call, enters soft lockdown

By Jessie Wang, Staff Writer

Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 3:53 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, Urbana High School District 116 received the a threatening phone call regarding a possible shooting and bomb threat. The phone call was the same as the one received on Monday

Following the call, Urbana High School and Urbana Middle School were put on soft lockdown with elevated security from school resource officers and the Urbana Police. 

In a mass email sent out at 8:45 a.m., superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum said that police were already present inside the school and outside when the call was received. 

“After collaboration and discussion with the Urbana Chief of Police and (the) SROs, the decision was made to continue to have school today at both UHS and UMS,” Ivory-Tatum stated. 

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    The same afternoon, Ivory-Tatum sent a mass email stating that the safety protocols worked well and “out of an abundance of caution” for students and staff, UHS and UMS will remain on a soft lockdown for the rest of the week.

    “This plan will ensure students stay within the school building and not outdoors if any additional phone calls are received,” the email stated.

    Police and FBI will continue their ongoing investigation about the calls.

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