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DECATUR — Eisenhower High School was briefly placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after police received a report of a possible weapon on campus, police said. 

Lt. Ed Hurst said officers responded to the call at 1:09 p.m. No weapons were found at the school, he said, and the lockdown lasted about 30 minutes. Hurst said it was determined that the initial call was likely a prank, but could not immediately say who made the call. 

No arrests were made at the scene, but Hurst said one may be made if police determine who made the phone call. An investigation of the incident is ongoing, he said. 

Maria Robertson, director of community engagement for Decatur Public Schools, said classes at Eisenhower continued while officers investigated the scene. No students or teachers were dismissed, she said. 

In the case of an immediate threat at one of the district's schools, Robertson said there are safety protocols that are put in place depending on the situation. 

The district notified parents of the incident, and sent updates as police carried out its investigation, she said. 

"We wanted to make sure that we informed our families as soon as we heard there might be a potential threat," Robertson said. | (217) 421-7980


Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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