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Plainfield police find alleged school threat unfounded

Police were aware Friday of threat to JFK Middle School

Rumors of a threat against a Plainfield middle school were circulating Friday, according to a post on the Plainfield Police Department’s Facebook page.

“We are aware of rumors and social media posts about a threat to JFK Middle School,” the post reads.

The school is located at 12350 Essington Road, near Plainfield East High School.

Police said they conducted an investigation and found no evidence to support the rumors. School remained in session Friday, the post said.

Plainfield police could not be reached for more information about where the alleged threat was circulated or if anyone was taken into custody Friday.

“Plainfield police investigated as they always do and determined it (the threat) was not credible,” said Tom Hernandez, director of community relations for Plainfield School District 202. “If there ever is a legitimate concern, we will communicate directly and proactively with our families.”

A message was sent to parents and guardians of JFK Middle School students just before 7:40 a.m. Friday, Hernandez said, and police were present at the school as a precaution.

“I encourage parents to not believe what they hear on social media or through the rumor mill,” the reads.

Anyone with information related to the posts is asked to call Plainfield police at 815-436-6544.

In March 2018, a 13-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly threatening to commit a school shooting at Murphy Junior High School in Plainfield. The threat had been posted on Snapchat, Plainfield police said at the time.

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