District 200 Community:
Around 1:30 p.m. today, Franklin Middle School was placed on a lockdown after a staff member reported seeing an individual trying to gain access to Franklin. At the direction of the Wheaton Police Department, all District 200 schools were placed in a "secure and teach." A secure and teach is where all students and staff are asked to remain in their classrooms and visitors are not allowed in the building.
The Wheaton Police investigated the circumstances surrounding the situation and located the individual. The individual involved did NOT gain access to the school, and there is no ongoing threat to the community. The lockdown and secure and teach were lifted around 2:00 p.m.
Safety and security continues to be a top priority in our schools. As a District, we take a multi-faceted approach to safety. Our schools explicitly teach students that if they ever see something or hear something, they should say something. Today, a teacher at Franklin modeled that important behavior by taking action when something didn’t seem right.
For more information about safety and security in District 200, please visit https://www.cusd200.org/.