Police investigate Urbana High School threat
Urbana Police Department has been working to locate the student who was identified as potentially carrying a firearm.
Police said Thursday afternoon, the student was reportedly in Champaign and was found not to be carrying a firearm and denied ever possessing one.
As of now, police said there is no concern for the safety of students and staff at the high school, as the threat is inactive.
There was an increased police presence at Urbana High School Thursday. This comes after an Urbana police officer received secondhand information that an Urbana High School student had been recently carrying a firearm, and bringing the firearm to the Urbana High School. Police say this information was obtained from an anonymous source.
After receiving the information, six Urbana police detectives were sent to the school to investigate and provide additional resources to the school resource officer.
It was later determined the student who had allegedly been carrying the firearm was not in the building and had not reported to school on Thursday.
Detectives provided a presence Urbana High School for the remainder of the morning. There will also be an increased police presence at school dismissal this afternoon. Detectives are continuing to investigate the claim.
While the validity of this claim has not been immediately determined, the Urbana Police Department encourages all members of the public, students, and school staff to promptly report any information that might represent a safety concern to the public, especially our schools, to the Urbana Police Department. Time is critical and any delay could represent a potential hazard.
The investigation on the incident is ongoing. Anyone with further information is encouraged to call the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320. Callers may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS, submit a tip on the Champaign County Crime Stoppers website (champaigncountycrimestoppers.com), or submit a tip on the free P3 Tips app which if available in iTunes and Google Play app stores.
USD 116 issued a statement regarding the incident Thursday afternoon:
At the request of the school resource officer, there was a presence of additional Urbana Police at Urbana High School this morning, Thursday, Nov. 8 acting on a statement we received from a student. The UPD were not investigating a threat, and at no time were we notified that a threat existed. There was not an "increased police presence" at the school beyond the initial contact this morning.