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UPDATE: Police on Patrol in District 308 Schools After Thursday Announcement, Rumor Traced to Oswego High School

District spokeswoman says officials and police have tracked rumors and found none for Oswego East or any of the junior highs to be credible.

Update 3:30 p.m. Friday

Oswego 308 released the following announcement minutes before 3:30 p.m. on their website:

As investigations by School District 308 and Oswego Police Department continue, it has been confirmed that an alleged threat to the safety of students and staff members was made at Oswego High School.  Earlier this week, Oswego High School students and parents brought to the attention of the high school administration a student-initiated threat of a possible shooting at OHS on December 21.  The alleged threat was shared with classmates, staff members, parents, and guardians. 

This one, isolated incident at OHS was specific to the December 21 winter solstice, which marks the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar.  The school district, partnering with Oswego Police, immediately started investigations into the Oswego High School student-initiated threat.

Soon afterward, rumors circulated through Oswego High School, and then carried over to Oswego East High School and several junior high schools.

School District 308 can now confirm all rumors regarding any threat to students or staff members at Oswego East High School, or any junior high schools, have been identified as purely extensions from the original alleged threat at OHS.  No information has been found to support a threat to students or staff members at any school other than Oswego High School. 

Through social media, blogs and other communication, what was an isolated, but very serious and disconcerting threat, quickly became a rumor of school violence in other schools.  The focus of the investigation and increased police presence will continue at Oswego High School, not other district schools.

School District 308 will remain diligent in identifying the individual(s) responsible.  Students with specific information to the identity of this person(s) are encouraged to contact their building administration, a teacher or parent/guardian, or the Oswego Police Department.

We ask our students and parents to work with the school district to help alleviate remaining anxiety over rumors as we work to provide students and staff members with a safe, comfortable environment in which to learn and work.  School District 308 appreciates that we have a climate in which students and parents are comfortable sharing information with the school district.   

Thank you for your continued support, understanding and collaboration as we address this issue.

Update 12:20 p.m. Friday

District 308 spokeswoman Kristine Liptrot said that in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings this morning that all schools remain on a heightened state of alert and police continue on patrol at both high schools. 

A stepped-up police presence will remain at OHS through Friday, Dec. 21. 

The district plans to update parents this afternoon at about 2 or 3 p.m., Liptrot said. 

Update 10:35 a.m Friday

As of 10:35 a.m. Friday morning District officials have said there is no credibility to any of the rumors regarding Oswego East High School or any of the junior highs.

"Any rumors about any threats at Oswego East and the juniors high schools are just that: rumors," said Director of Communications Kristine Liptrot. "Between the police and administration we were able to track the source of the rumor to Oswego High School."

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As of 10 a.m. Friday, Oswego District 308 officials stated there is no credibility to any of the rumors circulating about impending violence on either Dec. 14 or prior to Dec. 21, in which the Mayan calendar cycle ends.

Oswego 308 released an announcement Thursday addressing rumors of potential violence that may conincide with the Mayan calendar that claims the winter solstice, Dec. 21, is the end of one of the cycles. 

“We are following through on all information, but at this time we have found nothing credible,” said Director of Communications Kristine Liptrot. “We are working very closely with the local police department to make sure everyone feels safe in their learning environment."

The district said in its Thursday announcement security will be heightened over the next several days. Liptrot added that staff is on heightened awareness and undercover and uniformed police officers are throughout the buildings.

Any rumor that has been reported is being investigated and anyone with specific information is asked to talk to their principal, the district has said. 

READ MORE: What Parents Are Saying About the Rumors of Threatened Violence in District 308 Schools 

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TruthSeeker December 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
God has been removed from schools and prayer along with it. We teach kids that there is no God. We teach moral relativism. Political correctness. Anything but The Truth. Kids today are taught by government run schools that the universe was created out of nothing by a "big bang". So kids, go out into that meaningless, pointless, chaotic world and try and make something of yourselves. But mention Jesus Christ, and watch how everyone squirms... And why then are we really that surprised and ask why these things happen? They happen because evil fills the God shaped vacuum left behind by people who reject the author of life itself. Those who love death do these things, incited by Satan. Your government won't save you. Your president won't save you. Only the Lord, Jesus Christ offers an increasingly depraved world the hope of salvation. At times like this, evil has manifested itself where God has been removed. If you or your loved ones don't know Jesus, I pray that you will seek Him as he is the only hope for this world. Those who seek will find Him. The Bible says we are indeed in the last days and these days will certainly continue to become worse. The Bible says that like a woman's labor pains increase, so will the trouble coming on this world will increase in frequency and intensity. Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only hope for this world. This is what Christmas was "supposed" to be about - remember?? The gift if our Savior.
Christine December 16, 2012 at 03:49 AM
#jennifer----I ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you! I too have 2 children at Homestead Elementary and have left 2 message for the Superintendent in addition to the Vice Principal (Ms. Weber) requesting an officer to be placed not only at my elementary school in lieu of the catastrophic event in CT to innocent kindergartners & other staff but a police officer to be placed at ALL 308 schools. This OHS threat is real but who says it will now stay only at OHS? I am scared of a "copy-cat" incident occurring. I understand the police and District 308 are desperately trying to be pro-active, but unless an armed police officer is at my children's elementary school ALL next week, I cannot in good faith send them to school. I would much rather be overly cautious than to have any regrets. If any of you concerned parents want police at your school and ALL the schools in District 308 next week, I implore you to phone the Oswego District office at 1-(630) 636-3080. Thank you for the great conversations....it is nice knowing I am surrounded by parents from ALL grade levels who are deeply concerned about next week...this threat is to ALL of us & our children's safety.
JimmyJ December 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I had to pick up a step child early from one of our schools, for some reason they had the previous years paperwork in the office binder and said I wasn't able to because I wasn't listed. So I went out to my car, called the school and told them I'd be in to pick her up early. I walked back into the school and proceeded to pick her up. No problem. Sounds silly but that's how it went. Security?
Jen December 17, 2012 at 05:48 AM
There's a big difference between not teaching religion in public schools and teaching children there is no God. Children have parents, family, and members of their church to teach them about God. God is in your heart, not in a building. And, on Friday, as tragic as it was, God was there in the 1st grade teacher who sat in the bathroom with her class and calmed and comforted them (and, yes, told them to pray if they wanted to). God was there in the principal who loved her students so much she gave her life trying to save them. God was there in the other teachers and staff who gave their lives trying to protect their students. God was there in the first responders who had the heartbreaking but necessary task of going into that school, witnessing the devastation firsthand, and coming to the aid of those who were injured and those who were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized. God was there in the priest who showed up to comfort the families who had to receive devastating news about a loved one. God was there in the community members who gathered to comfort those who lost a loved one. And God was there in every person in this country and around the world who has prayed and looked for ways to offer their support to those affected. God doesn't need permission to be there, he just is. And I feel sorry for anyone who thinks he's missing just because religion isn't taught in public schools, for they do not get it.
Tina December 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Jacqueline - thank you! My son goes to OEHS and yes that rumor was true - my son was petrified to go to school last Friday. And now they say it's nothing? I received an email stating that OEHS will not have the extra police presence this week - and I'm supposed to feel good about this WHY?

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