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Whiteside parents told there is ‘no immediate threat’ to middle school students

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Shiloh, IL police officers responded to Whiteside Middle School on Thursday, September 5, 2019, after school district officials reported a possible threat was made on social media. No arrests have been announced.
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Shiloh, IL police officers responded to Whiteside Middle School on Thursday, September 5, 2019, after school district officials reported a possible threat was made on social media. No arrests have been announced.

The Whiteside School District told parents in a letter Thursday that there is “no immediate threat to the safety” of Whiteside Middle School students while the district and the Shiloh Police Department investigate a social media threat posted in reference to “a verbal altercation between two juveniles” after school hours.

As a precautionary measure, the police department said there was a heightened police presence at the school at 111 Warrior Way on Thursday, according to a police news release.

No arrests have been announced by the police department.

“Initial findings in both investigations appear that the post was in reference to the verbal altercation late in the evening that was made at the middle school basketball courts but did not threaten the school or the safety of the students during the school day,” Whiteside Superintendent Mark Heuring said in the letter to parents. “This investigation is still ongoing; however, the district feels there is no immediate threat to the safety of the students during the school day or at school activities. Due to the nature of student confidentiality, the district cannot comment further on the investigation.”

Details of the social media post were not released.

Whiteside School District 115 officials contacted the police department at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday about a possible threat to the middle school, according to a news release from the police department.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Shiloh Police Department at 618-632-9047.

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Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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