Police Activity at Palatine High School: Extra Security Response to Unconfirmed Social Media Gun Threat

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Palatine police are on extra alert Monday, March 5, 2018 as a precaution to provide extra security and safety at Palatine High School, 1111 N Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL, regarding an unconfirmed social media gun threat.

District 211 and Palatine High School officials released an alert at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday March 4, 2018 regarding an unconfirmed gun threat that is being investigated early this week. The high school alert stated that Palatine High School received several messages and inquiries describing claims being spread on social media that referenced unfounded rumors that a student intends to use guns and cause harm at Palatine High School.

PHS Alert SUN 03.04.2018 11:45 PM

“The administration of Palatine High School and the Palatine Police have received several messages and inquiries describing concerns associated with a student who previously attended Palatine High School. The claims being spread on social media reference unfounded rumors that a student intends to use guns and cause harm at Palatine High School.

We continue to monitor all possible concerns and, presently, we do not have any information to suggest any student is a threat to the school. We will continue to work closely with the Palatine Police Department surrounding any matter of potential concern. In order to provide assurance to all attending school on Monday, March 5, extra police officers will be visible on the Palatine High School campus.”

— Palatine High School official website

As of 6:00 a.m. Monday March 5, 2018 the alert was only posted on Palatine High School’s official website, and not on the school’s official Facebook or Twitter pages.

At 12:18 a.m. Monday, March 5 2018, a student-based Twitter account that states it is affiliated only with the #NationalScoolWalkout, urged students in a tweet to “look out for one another and prioritize our safety and our lives above all else.”

Palatine High School is located at 1111 N Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL. As of 6:00 a.m. Monday March 5, 2018, there was no mention of any type of lockdown or any type of traffic alert affecting the area.

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