OPRF officials discount bomb threat on bathroom wall

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Saying that police and school officials "do not believe there is any credible threat," OPRF officials e-mailed parents late Monday evening to inform them a written "bomb threat" had been found by custodians on a boys' bathroom wall in the school.

While security was to be heightened through the night and into Tuesday, the notice, from Principal Nathaniel Rouse, said, "there is no indication of any need to cancel any regularly scheduled activities. This alert is for informational purposes only."

The threat was found Monday evening by the janitorial staff and referenced Tuesday evening. School officials called in Oak Park police who began an investigation. The two paragraph notice from Rouse said OPRF staff will continue to check the building thoroughly and added that police presence will be in place Tuesday.

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Posted: November 23rd, 2010 12:33 PM

Lyle,The school had to send it out. You'd have heard about it from your child at some point. We live in a litigious society where people sue if you cross your eyes at them. The school had to protect itself.

Hank Marquardt from Oak Park  

Posted: November 23rd, 2010 8:56 AM

I rec'd the email from HS as my daughter is a sophomore there; my first thought ... someone wanted to make it an 'extra' long weekend and this was the way to do it.I'm a bit jaded I guess.

lyle Zimbler from Oak Park  

Posted: November 23rd, 2010 8:24 AM

What makes a credible threat? With all the bullying that is reported at the many schools throughtout our communities, shouldn't this article mention why the bathroom note does not pose a threat. Can we be that naive to assume all the school officials have not considered the alternative? If you believe the note poses no threat, then why report it.

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