UPDATE: Bartonville Police release information on threatening messages after shooting threat Dec. 9 leads to arrest

Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 8:16 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 8:54 PM CST
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UPDATE 8:30 P.M. - Bartonville Police have now released the contents of messages going around social media and deemed not credible.

The first, a screenshot of a gun with captions, was investigated and determined to be from an incident on December 3 from Allegany-Limestone Central School District in New York.

The second came from Discord. The author of that message was investigated and it was determined they were disseminating rumors overheard and not making any threats, police said.

No new, credible, viable threats have been identified since a student was arrested December 9.

Anyone with new information is asked to contact the Bartonville Police Department at (309) 697-2323 and it will be expeditiously investigated.

BARTONVILLE (25 NEWS) - Out of an abundance of caution for student and staff safety, Limestone Community High School is closed today, Tuesday, December 14.

Normally filled with around 1,000 students, the halls were silent Tuesday.

“Over the weekend, there was some more information that came out,” Superintendent Allan Gresham said. “A couple of social media posts that were particularly concerning to us.”

Bartonville Police say one of those threats is still under investigation. Police Chief Tony Segree says a text claimed a shooting would happen Monday. But police said they weren’t made aware of it until Monday afternoon.

“The chronological order is kind of broken up, so we’re trying to make sure we have the chronological order and the right people involved,” Chief Segree said.

Limestone has dealt with several threats of violence in recent days. Authorities announced a student at Limestone Community High School was arrested after making a ‘serious threat” last Thursday.

Leaders tell us they are on high alert due to other recent school threats and violence across the country.

“We’ve seen a little bit of an uptick in some of this activity since the events in Michigan,” Segree said. “I think that’s kind of what we see in education following such a thing.”

Police deemed a second threat was not credible, after determining it was made weeks ago about a different school in New York.

All in-person extracurricular activities at the school were either cancelled or moved online Tuesday. A few away athletic events will go on as scheduled. While not ideal, the superintendent isn’t yet ruling out closing school for a second straight day Wednesday.

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