District 54, Schaumburg police respond to threat against Frost Junior High

  • Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 officials responded quickly Sunday to a student's texted threatened against Frost Junior High in Schaumburg.

      Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 officials responded quickly Sunday to a student's texted threatened against Frost Junior High in Schaumburg. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, 2012

  • Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss

 
 

School officials and Schaumburg police responded quickly Sunday to a threat made against Frost Junior High by one of its students in a group text.

Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss relayed the information to parents of Frost students in a statement emailed Sunday night.

"I am very proud of the student who brought this information to his parent's attention and grateful to the parent for reaching out to us," DuRoss wrote. "We have identified the student who made the threat; the Schaumburg Police Department was contacted and is working with District 54 to investigate this matter to ensure the safety of children."

Schaumburg police Sgt. Christy Lindhurst said the department's investigation, conducted by detectives and Frost's school resource officer, is complete. She said the department can't disclose whether any charges have been filed against the student.

"It was determined there was no safety threat that warranted further investigation," Lindhurst said. "It is resolved at this time."

District 54 spokeswoman Terri McHugh said the district cannot discuss the status of the student responsible.

Classes were out of session Monday for the Presidents Day holiday, but the district did receive positive feedback on DuRoss' statement, McHugh said.

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District 54 had put out another statement earlier Sunday to parents at all 28 of its schools regarding the seriousness with which officials take threats, McHugh said. The second statement specifically for families at Frost was sent out in the evening after the threatening group text had come to light and been addressed by authorities.

"You send your children to us every day with the expectation that we will not only teach them, but keep them safe," DuRoss wrote. "I can assure you that this is a trust that the District 54 staff does not take lightly. The safety of your children, our students, is our top priority."

The threatening text was discovered only two days after concerning videos posted last year by a student at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates resurfaced in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, causing a stir among students and staff at that school. Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials characterized the videos as concerning but not specifically threatening.

But there, too, officials felt the need to reach out to parents with a statement emailed by Conant Principal Julie Nowak.

"I want to assure you that there is no present safety threat to the school surrounding these recent reports," Nowak wrote. "We commend those who have come forth to express concerns and we have taken extensive steps to respond to this information."

DuRoss' email to Frost parents outlined District 54's staff training and its focus on prevention by forming supportive relationships with students.

He also provided a link to the National Association of Psychologists website offering guidance on how to talk to children about acts of violence.

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