Schools in Madison were closed on Dec. 16 after an alleged threat was made against the high school, the district said in a Dec. 15 notification to parents.
Madison Township Police, with support from the education administration, are investigating the threat. The police and the school district are expected to issue a joint statement once the investigation is complete.
“This step is taken with an excess of caution,” the district said in the parent notification.
This is the second incident involving an alleged threat to Madison schools in just over a week. A student at Madison Middle School has been arrested for allegedly making threatening statements. Madison Township Police opened an investigation into the incident around 7:45 p.m. on December 6, after being contacted by a school administrator.
“During the initial investigation, witnesses learned that a student at Madison Middle School allegedly made threatening statements,” Superintendent Angela Smith said in a Dec. 7 press release.
Police questioned the student and his parents, Smith said.
“The man admitted to making the statements, but claimed he joked,” Smith said. “The male’s parents were cooperative.
Smith did not reveal any details of what the student allegedly threatened to do. The young man was taken into custody by township police and transported to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center pending his arraignment in juvenile court.
“On the recommendation of the Lake County District Attorney’s Office, the juvenile will be charged with causing panic and raising false alarms,” Smith said. “Both are first degree misdemeanor charges.”