New Lenox – Lincoln-Way Central was put on lockdown on Friday around 8 a.m. The police received a report of a man walking eastbound on U.S. 30 carrying an unidentified object, according to a statement on the Lincoln-Way Community School District 210 website. The lockdown has been lifted about 10:30 a.m.
A parent called Will County sheriff’s office, on New Lenox at 7:57 a.m., to report that while dropping off their child at school, they had seen a student walking in front of the school holding a “black object,” the sheriff’s office said. It’s still unclear what the object was. Will County and Frankfort police agencies assisted in responding to the incident.
The sheriff’s office spokeswoman, Kathy Hoffmeyer, said that the school resource officer notified the administration and the school was put on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted around 10:30 a.m. About 100 arrived at the school after the lockdown started and they were sent home.
Officers will continue the investigation
Law enforcement did not determinate what the object was. An investigation and search of the school confirmed there was nothing that could be considered as a threat to students and staff. The regular schedule will be resumed. No one will be charged in the incident.
“We always have to take these things seriously,” Hoffmeyer said. She added that officers will continue to investigate the incident and will review surveillance tapes.
Due the advisement of New Lenox police, New Lenox School District 122 was also placed on a “heightened awareness” security level between 9:09 and 9:30 a.m., said the assistant to the superintendent, LeAnne Soltys.
Source: Fox 32 Chicago