Threat Causes Panic at Belvidere North

BOONE COUNTY - Belvidere North High School has been working with the Boone County Sheriff's Dept. this week to ensure student safety after shooting rumors circulated.  But, not everyone's happy with the school's response.

"My daughter was too afraid to go to school," said parent Jessica Holbork.  "I wasn't going to make her because if she doesn't feel safe what is she going to learn?"

Holbork's daughter is a freshman at Belvidere North.  She says the school district's lack of communication about a planned shooting for Friday is concerning.

"With the history of school shootings, they need to tell parents what their policies are and what they are doing."

Principal Marc Eckmann sent out a voicemail to parents Wednesday.  It said, "In response to recent safety rumors at Belvidere North High School, a full investigation in partnership with the sheriff's department has been completed and we have concluded at no time were students or staff at risk."

But, then the school Athletic Director sent an email to staff Friday saying, "with all the rumors that have been taking place this week, there is a good chance students may stay home... if you have an athlete who is absent, they will be allowed to practice or play on Friday and Saturday."

Many parents kept their kids home.

"I don't know if [my daughter] is safe enough to come to this school with the lack of communication," said Angela Wahl.

Rosemary Jacobs echoed her sentiment.

"We need to know what's going on so we can protect our children."

We reached out to both the school superintendent and the Boone County Sheriff's Office, but they declined to comment.  One school district official did confirm no additional security measures are being taken because the rumor was unfounded.

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