Students and staff congregate outside of Ascension Church in Oak Park while awaiting the all- clear from police investigating a bomb threat made on the morning of April 4. | Bob Uphues/Senior Editor

Oak Park police officers investigated a bomb threat at Fenwick High School earlier this week. 

On April 4, Fenwick faculty, staff and students promptly evacuated the school located at 505 Washington Blvd. after police told school officials about a bomb threat. School officials say police received a call about the threat around 10:15 a.m. and immediately contacted them. Staff and students were alerted, vacating the building and walking to Ascension Catholic Church just a half mile south on East Avenue, while police investigated the incident. The Chicago Police Department’s Canine Unit and officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department also arrived at the scene to help with the investigation, said Oak Park Police Cmdr. Paul Kane. 

Police vehicles idle outside the entrance to Fenwick High School in Oak Park on April 4 after officers responded to investigate a bomb threat made that morning. | Bob Uphues/Senior Editor

Bomb-detecting dogs searched the premises, and the police department gave Fenwick an “all clear” sign, allowing faculty, staff and students to return to the building, school officials wrote in an email to families sent on the same day of the incident. 

“All students, faculty and staff are safe and secure,” school officials wrote in the email. 

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