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EL PASO — Officials at two Central Illinois schools have told parents their schools are safe after receiving recent threats.

El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Brian Kurz sent junior high school families an advisory on Sunday, indicating the school received reports from students that one of their classmates had made comments they believed to be a threat to student safety.

“We investigated those reports, put measures in place to ensure all students were safe, and sent a message to JH parents informing them of our concern and response,” he said in the advisory.

“Following school Friday, we learned of additional social media posts from the same student that were very concerning,” he continued. “We immediately partnered with local law enforcement and have been working throughout this weekend to ensure the continued safety of all of our EPG JH students. The student who made the threats will not be present at EPG schools.

“As an added precaution, we will have several officers around campus and throughout the district this week to reassure students and staff that we are taking the situation seriously. Thanks to (Junior High Principal Robby) Tomlinson, his staff, and local law enforcement, who are doing what is needed to ensure it is a safe place for kids.”

Kurz did not return calls seeking further comment.

In addition, Clinton police are investigating an incident from Tuesday in which a threat was made at the school. Superintendent Curt Nettles told police the threat was discovered shortly before noon and the school was evacuated so the police could search the building.

Police confirmed the threat on a bathroom wall indicated there was a bomb in the building. It was the second such threat in eight days at the school.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible in Clinton. Anyone with information is asked to call 217-935-3333. 

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.