Shiloh Police Chief James Stover said a domestic dispute between a separated couple will probably not amount to more than a misdemeanor phone harassment charge, but it sure created a lot of excitement in the village.
Shiloh police officers responded to a report that a man, a father of two, was receiving hundreds of harassing phone calls with threats of violence about 11:52 a.m. Monday.
"The (victim) said during one of the conversations that the suspect threatened to shoot him at his kids' bus stop. So, that is why we went to (Shiloh Elementary)," Stover said.
Shiloh Middle School also was contacted.
The police chief said the victim and complainant, whose identity is being protected by police, told officers that he was being harassed by an East St. Louis man.
"We are looking at a domestic situation, where we have an estranged husband ... who has taken issue with a boyfriend of the estranged wife," Stover said.
Charges have not yet been filed in the case.
Stover said he believes the suspect is on probation regarding a property theft case.
Stover said security precautions were taken immediately involving Shiloh Elementary School buses that were scheduled to transport children home to the 301 N. Main St. neighborhood.
"The bus didn't even stop at the (301 N. Main St.) stop at all, and our officers personally escorted the two children of the victim home," Stover said.
According to Jennifer Filyaw, Shiloh schools superintendent, elementary and middle school students who were expected to go home on buses to that particular neighborhood were transported by parents on recommendation of school officials.