Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 officials are on alert after receiving an “anonymous letter via regular mail threatening violence during tomorrow’s homecoming dance.”
District 200 officials sent out robocalls to OPRF families on late Friday afternoon disclosing receipt of the threatening letter.
According to the call, the letter “did not mention race and we have no indication that this threat is connected to events surrounding” racially insensitive social media posts.
This week, the district suspended a student after he shared on Snapchat a photo showing him wearing blackface and suggesting he run for president of the Black Leaders Union at OPRF.
The district also suspended popular teacher Anthony Clark, who posted the racially insensitive photo to Facebook. Clark removed the photo after talking with the student and his mother and subsequently removed the Facebook posts altogether.
The robocall said that the district immediately contacted Oak Park police after receiving the letter. Local police reportedly are working with state and federal law enforcement officials to determine the threat’s credibility.
District officials said that, in the meantime, they’ve increased police presence and patrols around the campus “around the clock through tomorrow’s dance.”
There will also be security searches at the football stadium and the field house before tonight’s game and tomorrow before the dance, which has been assigned extra security personnel.
District officials also announced that they’ll refund the tickets of students who have now opted not to attend the dance. They said that they’ll provide a status update no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow.