Earlier today, a communication report was sent to Central High School and Central Middle School parents regarding a potential threat to Central High School. We want to provide an update regarding the investigation to this point.
The Kane County Sheriff’s office has provided the following update regarding the investigation:
On 10/23/21 at approximately 9:30 am Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies received information that there was a social media threat of violence at Central High School. Deputies responded to Burlington Central High School and observed there were no activities going on at school and no students present. Deputies, including the School Resource Officer, began to investigate the threat. It appears that the threat came from a fake Snapchat account and indicated that at an unknown date there was going to be a shooting at Central High School. Deputies and Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. It is not clear if the threat was focused on Burlington Central High School or just a Central High School.
Central administration has worked with the Kane County Sheriff’s department throughout this investigation and will continue to do so until it is complete. Additionally, Central administration has been in communication with other local high schools who are also investigating this situation.
Until the investigation is complete, the Central campus will continue to plan on having increased police presence at school on Monday, October 25 as a precautionary measure. We have been hearing from other schools with the name “Central” as part of their name. They are also responding to the same social media post. While we are optimistic in learning that this threat may not have been focused on Central High School in District 301, we will continue to partner with the Kane County Sheriff and other local school officials in doing our due diligence until the matter is resolved. At this time, we do not believe there is a need to have a police presence at any of our other campuses since “Central” is not part of their name and we have not received any threatening messages regarding the safety of those campuses.