Caller threatens to 'shoot up' Riverside-Brookfield High

Caller threatens to 'shoot up' Riverside-Brookfield High

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

More than a dozen squad cars sat outside a west suburban high school Friday afternoon after police received an anonymous tip that a former student was going to "shoot up the school."

Brookfield police received the anonymous tip at 1:32 p.m., and relayed the information to Riverside police, as Riverside-Brookfield High falls in their jurisdiction, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

"We determined the threat was credible because it named a former student that our department has had contact with in the past," the chief said.

"We then followed procedure for a soft lockdown," Weitzel said. No one is allowed in or out of the school building during a soft lockdown.

It was later determined the former student mentioned in the voice mail was being set up by a different person he'd had a disagreement with earlier, Weitzel said. He did not say whether that person was a former or current student.

"The individual named in the anonymous voice mail had nothing to do with anything. He was being set up by another kid," Weitzel said." Our detectives recognized the voice and we're trying to track him down."

Following the soft lockdown, officers from Brookfield, Riverside, Lyons, North Riverside and Brookfield Zoo police positioned squad cars outside the school to safely escort students out of the building.

"The lockdown came very close to dismissal time," Weitzel said. "At 3:05 p.m., all students safely left the school and dismissal ran as normal."

He said extra police security would be provided for tonight's basketball games at the school.

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