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Police questioning two people about threat made to East St. Louis school

Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis is on lockdown until police give the OK.
Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis is on lockdown until police give the OK.

As a precaution, Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis was placed on lockdown Thursday morning to ensure the safety of its students and staff, according to District 189 spokeswoman Sydney Stigge-Kaufman.

The lockdown was due to an external threat, Stigge-Kaufman said. Details about the specifics of the threat were not provided by the district.

The East St. Louis Police Department was immediately notified and was investigating the threat, according to the school district.

East St. Louis Police located two persons of interests, according to Bobby Cole with the police department.

A man and a woman from Belleville were taken into custody for questioning, Cole said. The names of the individuals were not released by police.

“East St. Louis Police took the matter very seriously and shook every bush to get to the persons of interest,” Cole said, “and we will continue working this investigation diligently until we get to the bottom of it.”

A police officer was stationed at Wright Elementary School on Thursday afternoon.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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