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Kaneland HS principal: 'Rumor' investigated; 'no credible threat'

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:53 p.m. CST

Kaneland High School Principal Chip Hickman this week delivered a message that addressed "rumors of possible incidents at Kaneland High School." In the message, he said that some students and families had contacted the school regarding what ultimately was deemed to be "an inadvertent conversation in the lunchroom."

Hickman's message indicated that, in cooperation with law enforcement, the reports were investigated.

"We can confirm that there is no credible threat to students," Hickman's message read.

The following is the message, which is posted on the school's website:

"Message from Chip Hickman

“Dear Kaneland High School Community,

"Over the last two days, the administration has been contacted by some students and families regarding rumors of possible incidents at Kaneland High School. We would like to convey our thanks and gratitude to all of those who expressed concern and offered information regarding the rumor of a possible incident that has circulated among some students. Please be assured that the administration, in cooperation with law enforcement, have investigated all reports and all rumors thoroughly and exhaustively. The source of the current rumors has been identified as an inadvertent conversation in the lunchroom. We can confirm that there is no credible threat to students.

"The safety of our students has always been and will continue to be our number one priority. We also want to convey that as a school community we understand that children are experiencing many different emotions due to the tragic events of last week and this can be a difficult time. It is with this in mind that we wanted to take this proactive communication step to address the rumors before they continue to spread and cause greater concern. Should you have any other questions or need additional support please contact our Student Services Office at (630) 365-5100 ext. 203.”

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