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Lincoln Park’s Francis W. Parker School Reopens After Threat Following Viral Project Veritas Video

Students and faculty had to evacuate the school Monday. The threat was later deemed unsubstantiated, a school administrator said.

Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave.
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LINCOLN PARK — Francis W. Parker School was evacuated after a threat Monday, just days after a far-right group released a video of its principal discussing queer sexual health for high schoolers.

About 11:30 a.m. Monday, police were called to the school, 330 W. Webster Ave., after someone sent the school an emailed threat, a police spokesperson said.

Students and staff evacuated the building, and nothing was found, police said. No one was in custody.

Parker School representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In an email to parents Monday, Christopher Arnold, Francis Parker’s head of upper school, said the threat was “unsubstantiated.” He said school would be open Tuesday with increased security.

The school disabled its official social media accounts after an operative with Project Veritas — who disguised themselves as an attendee at the National Association of Independent Schools conference — released a spliced video of him speaking with Joseph Bruno, Parker’s dean of students, the Sun-Times reported.

Members of the New York-based far-right organization have for years released deceptive and doctored videos. They have at times assumed fake identities and secretly recorded conversations to humiliate people and organizations they perceive as leftist.

Bruno had been discussing efforts that brought LGBTQ+ organizations to talk to students, teaching them about safe sex and destigmatizing queer people.

The video has been viewed millions of times, picked up by Fox News and trended on Twitter with #ExposeGroomers.

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