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Bomb squad called to St. Charles East; school given all-clear

ST. CHARLES – As a precautionary measure, a bomb squad was called to St. Charles East High School on Wednesday afternoon after St. Charles police found questionable materials in a locker room locker, district officials said.

St. Charles School District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann said a bomb squad was called shortly after 3 p.m. after school had been dismissed.

After-school activities were briefly canceled. They resumed as normal around 3:30 p.m. when the bomb squad gave the all-clear. Regular school-day activities were not disrupted, and building operations will resume as normal Thursday.

Schlomann said district officials got a tip from a parent around 10 a.m. who said he or she “felt like there was material in one of our lockers that shouldn’t be there.”

Police were called to the school and investigated the materials, Schlomann said, and later in the afternoon determined they were questionable enough to contact the bomb squad.

“As they researched materials more this afternoon, they felt unsure about some of them and called the bomb squad,” Schlomann said.

He said he did not want to go into detail about what types of materials were found, as the matter is still under investigation by police.

District 303 spokesman Jim Blaney said the bomb squad was called as a precautionary measure.

“They looked at what they felt they needed to look at and have given us the all-clear,” he said around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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