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Below are statements from District 220 Superintendent Dan Riordan and The Burbank Police Department concerning the incident:
Statement From District 220 Superintendent Dan Riordan
At approximately 12:20 this afternoon, we went on a soft lock down of our school campus. The school received threatening emails, so we did this to protect our students and staff while trying to verify the authenticity of the threats. Random staff members had received emails so we took this matter seriously. We worked all day with the Burbank police department and school continued – bells and passing periods as always.
At 2:15 pm, we had found no real evidence of a credible threat and decided to proceed with a modified 2:36 dismissal procedure. We cancelled our academic Ram period and the students’ exit was safely orchestrated by teachers, administrators, and Burbank police officials. We also offered bus service to any of our walkers. All of our students were safely dismissed by 3:10 and we want to thank all of them for their cooperation.
We continue to investigate this situation and will report to you any further information if necessary. It is our plan to be open tomorrow for our Senior’s second to last school day, but will notify you if there is a change. The safety of our students and staff is, and will always be, our first priority.
Statement From The Burbank Police Department
Based on the specific language within the email, the threat was deemed to have been non-credible. However, Reavis officials maintained the soft lock down for the remainder of the day and altered their release schedule.
It should be noted; however, this is still being considered an active investigation and due the serious nature involved, the contents of the email will not be released at this time. The Burbank Police Department has requested the assistance of the FBI in order to identify an offender.
Currently, there is no suspect information. We are hoping the FBI will be able to assist with resources to help us identify the person / persons responsible for the threat.
The safety of the students and staff of Reavis High School and all Burbank schools are always a priority. Any threats made to a school will not be taken lightly and will be investigated fully.