Belvidere schools on lockdown Thursday due to ‘safety concern’ at Belvidere North

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — UPDATE: The lockdown has been lifted at Belvidere North, according to school district officials, and parents can pick up their students right away, or they will be bused home.

Per school officials, buses are ready for students to take their regular route home. Students who need to wait for a ride will be waiting at the stadium for pick up.

Seth Whitman and Central Middle School will dismiss at their normal schedule.

Belvidere schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning due to a “safety concern” that was called in via 911, according to police.

The school district has said it has found no evidence to support the concern, but a large police presence responded to investigate.

Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest said police received the call around 8:30 a.m.

Belvidere North, Belvidere Central Middle School, and Seth Whitman Elementary School were placed on hard lockdown and roads closed as police conducted a security sweep.

Parents were instructed to go to the former Shopko at 1400 Big Thunder Boulevard.

At of 10:14 a.m., Sheriff Ernest said the school was secure.

Via a Facebook post, Belvidere School District said they have no information that the 911 call was credible, saying ” We have not found any evidence that aligns with the concern expressed in the 911 call” but are “are taking every precaution to ensure student and staff safety.”

Witnesses inside the school reported that SWAT officers are searching each student and each classroom, patting down each student as they leave their classrooms, while SWAT members search each backpack while an armed officer oversees.

Chairs stacked against the door of a classroom at Belvidere North High School. (Photo: Dan Block)

The school district made an update around noon saying “We currently have no plans to let Seth Whitman or Central Middle School students out early. Belvidere North students will be released early, as soon as local law enforcement gives us authorization to do so. All after school activities at Central Middle School and Belvidere North High School are cancelled for today.”


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