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Threats cause concerns at two local high schools

Central HS in Champaign

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN – School officials have lifted a lockdown at Champaign Central High School, which was imposed Friday after several fights broke out.

Unit 4 spokesperson Stacey Moore says police were called after a large group of students rushed out of the school and one student claimed that a gun was involved in one of the altercations.

Freshman Jalay Jones saw the fight and the chaos afterward.

“These 2 guys, they ended up shouting ‘oh I have a gun, I have a gun’,” said Jones. “[It] scared everybody… people are getting hurt because they were trampled, tripping. People were pushing each other.”

After a detailed search by police, the district says there is no evidence that a weapon was involved or fired.

The school lockdown ended around 1:40 Friday afternoon.


Original post at 2:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN – Administrators at two central Illinois schools were forced to deal with threats on Friday.

In the Champaign Unit 4 School District, Central High School went under lockdown around 1:00 p.m. on Friday. An email to parents in the district stated there were several fights this morning.

Students were held in classes and offices as the district investigated. The lockdown ended around 2:00 p.m.

Message from Central High about Dec. 3, 2021 lockdown.

In another case, Mahomet police and the Champaign County sheriff’s department investigated a threat made against Mahomet Seymour High School.

A post from the school district on Facebook says a student made the threat on social media on Thursday night.

The district says all schools remained open today, and law enforcement addressed the threat with the student.

The threats come less than 48 hours after a 15-year-old in Oxford, Michigan shot and killed four students inside his school.  He has been charged with murder and terrorism. His parents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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