Highland Park, News

Another bomb threat at Red Oak Elementary. School evacuated for 2nd time in 2 days.

(Updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22)

Red Oak Elementary School was the target of a bomb threat for the second straight day, according to a message from the City of Highland Park on Friday.

About three hours after the evacuation the City announced announced that “no credible threat” was facing Red Oak Elementary.

The school was in session at the time of the threat around 11:30 a.m. and reportedly evacuated with students and staff relocated, according to a message from North Shore School District 112.

“Students are safe and are accompanied by Red Oak staff,” the D112 message reads. “Information about the relocation site is shared to (parents) email.”

The district and City urged residents to avoid the area near the school at 530 Red Oak Lane. Nearby Sherwood Elementary was on a soft lockdown with students and staff remaining indoors.

The threat against Red Oak, according to the City of Highland Park, was actually made to an out-of-state law enforcement agency. The unidentified agency was informed on Friday of an email referencing a bomb targeting “Red Oak School”; though the email did not specify Highland Park.

Three other entities also received a bomb threat mentioning Red Oak School, and an investigation with local and federal law enforcement is ongoing, the City says.

A day earlier, on Thursday, Red Oak Elementary was also evacuated after a local media outlet informed authorities of a possible bomb threat prior to the school day.

A City message at 10:30 a.m. Thursday said “no credible threat” was found at the school after the property was searched by local law enforcement, including explosive-detecting dogs.

D112 Superintendent Dr. Michael Lubelfeld said in an online message Thursday, “The building has been thoroughly searched — we have no cause for concern. We will resume normal operations at 11:30 a.m.”

City officials and District 112 administration declined to comment further.

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