Writing on a bathroom wall referred to a gun threat at Hersey High School 1900 East Thomas Avenue [MAP/SAT] Thursday afternoon. An announcement near the end of the school day notified all teachers that they were required to attend a special meeting immediately at the end of the school day on Thursday. Students that were still at school after hours were told they must leave the school campus.
Arlington Heights Police and school officials investigated the incident and decided the threat was similar to other recent threats at Lane Tech High and Northern Illinois University (Huskies). School is NOT closed Friday. As a precaution there is heightened security and extra police presence at Hersey High School Friday.
Hersey High School Principal Dr. Tina Cantrell posted a security alert “Security Info 12/13/2007” on the school’s official website.
Again, let me repeat that we do not find these rumors credible and we will continue to investigate the source. In the meantime, the regular school day and all planned activities will proceed as normal. If you hear anything that may cause you concern, please contact the school immediately.
Students and parents are asked to notify the Arlington Heights Police (call 9-1-1) or school officials if they learn of any threats or if they can contribute to the investigation that is searching for the source of the threat.
FLASHBACK: Prospect High School had a gun threat rumor mid-October, 2007 (Prospect High School Gun Threat: Scare, Rumor Causes Absentee Rate to Jump). Prospect High School experienced a drop attendance from a gun-related rumor that spread by word of mouth, text messaging and e-mails over a weekend time period.
Hersey High School — jhhs.d214.org (Official Site)
History of School Shootings Fuel Concern …
Las Vegas school bus stop shooting – Las Vegas, Nevada; December 11, 2007
[Nicco Tatum, 18, was arrested Wednesday December 12 in Denver after police received a tip that he was headed to Chicago on a bus after the shooting at the Las Vegas school bus stop that injured six young people.]
SuccessTech Academy shooting – Cleveland, Ohio, United States; October 10, 2007
Delaware State University shooting – Dover, Delaware, United States; September 21, 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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