Police Activity, Lockdown at Highland Park High School, 2 Students in Custody After Investigation of Gun Threat


Police officers from Highland Park responded before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2023 to a report of a possible gun threat at Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Avenue in Highland Park.

Two students are in custody after security video was used to identify a student who was alleged to have had a gun, and who was accompanied by another student.

The City of Highland Park advised residents at 11:02 a.m. that a “heavy police presence” was at Highland Park High School, which was placed on a lockdown due to a report of a student potentially in possession of a gun at school.

There were no reported shots fired, according to the City of Highland Park.

Students and school staff were advised to remain in place to facilitate the work of law enforcement to secure the building. The City of Highland Park stated that the city will provide an update to cityhpil.com once the building has been secured.


Dear District 113 Community,

At 10:24 a.m. District 113 received an anonymous tip reporting a rumor of a student in possession of a gun. Immediately following the report of that tip, Highland Park High School reported the tip to law enforcement. As Highland Park High School began investigating the tip, another student came forward to report seeing a student with a gun. At that point, Highland Park Police Department was already on the scene and advised HPHS to go into lockdown.

The student alleged to have a gun was identified, and security footage indicated that he and another student had left the building. Law enforcement conducted a sweep of the building while other police searched for the two students who had left the building. Both students have been apprehended.

Although both students law enforcement were seeking have been apprehended, law enforcement is keeping HPHS on lockdown as it continues its investigation.

More information will be shared as soon as we are able to do so.

Bruce Law, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
11:30 a.m.

Students at Highland Park High School planned a walkout Tuesday, April 4, 2023 to protest gun violence, and the report of a student with gun was investigated immediately after the walkout. Student organizers planned the walkout to call for a “ban on assault weapons” and to walk in solidarity with student in the Nashville area, where three children and three adults were killed by a shooter, who was killed by police responding to the stop the mass shooting of students at a private school.

The students planned to begin the walkout at 10:14 a.m., referring to the time the first shot was fired at the mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in 2022.


The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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