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Lincoln Park High School Briefly Placed On Lockdown After Bomb Threat

The anonymous caller said students and staff had three hours to evacuate before the bomb went off, police said.

Lincoln Park High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat.
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CHICAGO — Lincoln Park High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after an anonymous person called in a bomb threat, according to authorities.

The bomb threat was reported at about 11:40 a.m. at the high school at 2001 N. Orchard St., according to police.

Police said a man called in the threat. He told the school official who answered the phone that he had placed a bomb on the first floor and students and staffers had three hours to evacuate before it went off, according to police. 

The school was placed on lockdown with students remaining in their sixth period class while police, including bomb and arson investigators, searched the buildings, principal Michael Boraz wrote in a letter to parents.

After both buildings were all clear, students were dismissed to their seventh period class, Boraz wrote.

“CPD is still investigating the source of the threat, but based on the description of the call, they determined that it was safest to keep students inside of the school, rather than evacuate,” Boraz wrote in the letter, which was provided to Block Club by a CPS spokesman.

A staffer with the school’s main office declined to comment, deferring all questions to the district.

“Very disturbing that someone wants to disrupt our kids’ learning this way,” Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) wrote in a Facebook post.

Detectives are continuing to investigate, according to police.