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The original item was published from 2/20/2023 10:47:00 AM to 2/20/2023 12:04:01 PM.

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Posted on: February 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Shelter in Place Lifted; Investigation Continues

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UPDATE - 10:45 A.M. - Police are continuing to investigate the threat called in referencing Wheaton North High School and will work to confirm there is no credible threat. However, similar incidents called in at other locations outside of Wheaton indicate this may be an incident known as "swatting," in which a false threat is called in to draw a large law enforcement response to one location.  

Residents within 2 blocks of Wheaton North High do not need to shelter in place; this request has been lifted. Wheaton Police are asking that residents near the school on Thomas, Papworth, and Morse please be patient while road closures remain for police to continue investigating.

Police continue working to clear the site, and we appreciate your patience.


Wheaton Police are responding to Wheaton North High School for a threat called in to 9-1-1 referencing the school. While school is not in session today, students and staff who are at the school for activities are being evacuated while police investigate the threat and search the building. Wheaton Police are asking anyone who is within a 2-block radius of the school to please shelter in place and stay indoors while Police investigate this situation. We will provide further updates.

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