Prospect High School Gun Threat: Scare, Rumor Causes Absentee Rate to Jump


Mount Prospect Police Department investigators questioned an unidentified student Sunday about a threat that a gun was going to be brought to school. The alleged threat occurred on Friday. Details of the threat were not released by Prospect High School administrators.

By Monday rumors spread that there was a shooting or that there was going to be a shooting at Prospect High School, 801 West Kensington Road in Mount Prospect [MAP/SAT] and that a student was arrested. Prospect High School’s absentee rate was almost four times the normal rate on Monday even after administrators sent out e-mails and automated telephone messages Monday morning to students and parents that advised that the threat was exaggerated.

No arrests have been made and no shooting was reported, but the Mount Prospect Police Department is continuing the investigation.

History of School Shootings Fuel Concern …
SuccessTech Academy shooting – Cleveland, Ohio, United States; October 10, 2007
Virginia Tech massacre – Blacksburg, Virginia, United States; April 16, 2007
Henry Foss High School – Tacoma, Washington, United States January 3, 2007
Amish school shooting – Nickel Mines, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States; October 2, 2006
Weston High School shooting, Cazenovia, Wisconsin September 29, 2006
Platte Canyon High School shooting – Bailey, Colorado, United States; September 27, 2006
Campbell County High School – Jacksboro, Tennessee: November 8, 2005
Red Lake High School massacre – Red Lake, Minnesota, United States; March 21, 2005
Rocori High School shootings – Cold Spring, Minnesota, United States; September 24, 2003
Appalachian School of Law shooting – Grundy, Virginia, United States; January 16, 2002
Santana High School – Santee, California, United States; March 5, 2001
Heritage High School shooting – Conyers, Georgia, United States; May 20, 1999
Columbine High School massacre – Columbine, Colorado, United States; April 20, 1999
Thurston High School shooting – Springfield, Oregon, United States; May 21, 1998
Jonesboro massacre – Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States; March 24, 1998
Heath High School shooting, West Paducah, Kentucky, United States; December 1, 1997
Pearl High School shooting, Pearl, Mississippi, United States; October 1, 1997
Frontier Junior High shooting – Moses Lake, Washington, United States; February 2, 1996
Richland High School shooting – Lynnville, Tennessee, United States; November 15, 1995.
East Carter High School shooting – Grayson, Kentucky, United States; January 18, 1993
Lindhurst High School shooting – Marysville, Californa, United States; May 1, 1992
Simon’s Rock College of Bard shooting – Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States; December 14, 1992
University of Iowa shooting – Iowa City, Iowa, United States; November 1, 1991
Stockton massacre – Stockton, California, United States; January 17, 1989
Parkway South Junior High School shooting – Saint Louis, Missouri, United States; January 20, 1983
Brenda Ann Spencer, Cleveland Elementary School – January 29, 1979
California State University, Fullerton Library Massacre – Fullerton, California, United States; July 12, 1976
Jackson State killings – Jackson, Mississippi, United States; May 14-15, 1970
Kent State shootings – Kent, Ohio, United States; May 4, 1970
Orangeburg Massacre – Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States; February 8, 1968
University of Texas at Austin massacre – Austin, Texas, United States; August 1, 1966

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