Limestone High School closed Tuesday following the arrest of a student

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UPDATE (9:27 p.m.) — The Bartonville Police Department has stated that at this time, it has not identified any new credible threat after the arrest on Dec. 9.

According to a Bloomington Police Facebook Post, they were made aware of two threatening Facebook posts.

One was from an incident from Allegany-Limestone Central School District in New York. The other was a post from someone disseminating rumors, and not making threats.

Bartonville Police encourage anyone with additional information to contact them at (309) 697-2323.

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WMBD) – One local high school will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 14th. This comes after a student was arrested days before.

School officials made the announcement early Tuesday morning, stating “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and security of student and staff, Limestone Community High School will be closed today, Tuesday, December 14, 2021”.

This closure comes days after a LCHS student was taken into custody by Bartonville Police. Officials said the student was arrested after the department was aware of a serious threat. That incident took place on Thursday, Dec. 9th.

Limestone superintendent Dr. Allan Gresham said administration and police noticed a couple of concerning social media posts on Monday.

During an investigation involving police, it was learned that one of the posts was reshared from an incident that took place on December 3rd at a Limestone school in New York.

Gresham said Bartonville police are continuing to look into the origin of the other post.

“Our #1 priority is the safety and security of the students and the staff that are here on a daily basis and again, we just wanted to make sure that everything was as safe as it certainly can be before we brought the kids back to school,” Gresham said.

Gresham said he hopes that classes will resume Tuesday but the school is still working with the police before making that decision.

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