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Police, coroner's office respond to Belleville West High School

Police and staff from the St. Clair County Coroner's Office were at Belleville West High School Tuesday morning, responding to a substance found near the gymnasium.

The school district and police say no students or faculty were ever in any danger, and that the school was never placed on lockdown. There were no arrests, and no students were disciplined.

School administration, Belleville police, and a deputy coroner would not say what the substance may have been, but that it's at the state crime lab for analysis. Deputy Coroner Dan Haskenhoff said results should be available Wednesday.

Haskenhoff, one of those who responded to the scene Tuesday, also declined to say why his office got involved.

Belleville Police Capt. Donald Sax said the substance was treated as possible crime scene evidence.

Belleville Township High School District 201 Assistant Superintendent Jeff Dosier said staff members were mostly concerned about the rumors that were quickly flying. He said he and staff were getting calls and text messages on their personal cell phones inquiring about a lockdown and stabbing, both of which he said were completely false. He said he received a text with a rumor within his first five minutes of arriving at the school.

"When a police car shows up at school, that's the kind of stuff that happens," he said.

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